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Russian Oil Disappears as Tankers Go Dark Near Azores

  • Unseen ship-to-ship transfers take place in mid-Atlantic
  • Some eastbound cargoes are also starting to vanish mid-voyage

Russian oil cargoes are increasingly disappearing from view in the Atlantic Ocean as sanctions against the nation’s exports ratchet up.

In the past 10 days, at least three tankers have vanished from vessel-tracking systems as they approached the Azores, a tiny group of islands about 950 miles west of mainland Portugal.