The tanker AVENCA (IMO 9410002) of the German company CST delivered 50 thousand tons of Russian oil products to the US Navy Norfolk base with a direct voyage from Novorossiysk.
Andriy Klymenko, representative of the Monitoring Group of the Black Sea Institute of Strategic Studies, reported this on his Facebook page, along with the publication BlackSeaNews.
The vessel AVENCA is going under the Liberian flag and is operated by the German transport company Chemikalien Seetransport GmbH (CST).
The tanker reportedly left Novorossiysk on November 13 at 1:38 p.m. and arrived in Norfolk on December 7 at 02:40 a.m. Data from the Marinetraffic monitoring service confirms Klymenko’s statements.
On February 5, 2023, Western countries imposed an embargo on Russian oil products.
It is worth noting that the European Union has banned the purchase of Russian oil products for itself and prohibited its companies from dealing with Russian raw materials supplied by sea anywhere.
Norfolk Naval Base is the main naval base of the US Fleet Forces Command (formerly the US Atlantic Fleet).
It is located in Norfolk, Virginia, in the southeastern part of Hampton Roads Bay at the exit from the Chesapeake Bay to the Atlantic Ocean.
Norfolk is the largest naval base in the world, equipped with 10 berths with a total length of about 20 kilometers.
Ammunition depots, oil storage facilities, and infrastructure for cargo operations are located on the territory of the base.
There are 8 shipbuilding and ship repair yards with 7 dry and 3 floating docks and 16 slipways.
The base can accommodate aircraft carriers, amphibious assault ships, dock ships, destroyers and other vessels. In total, the base can accommodate about 75 ships.