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Fuel tanker owned by Mexico's Pemex on its way to Cuba -data, sources

CommoditiesJul 26, 2021 09:40PM ET
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By Adriana Barrera and Marianna Parraga

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A diesel cargo sent by Mexico's state-run Pemex is due to arrive in Cuba's Havana port on Monday, according to Refinitiv Eikon data and sources, after Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador promised humanitarian aid to the Communist-run island.

The Jose Maria Morelos II, a tanker owned and managed by a Pemex unit, is on its way to the Caribbean island after Mexico's left-leaning government last week announced it would send two humanitarian shipments, including food and diesel, to Cuba.

Authorities in Havana have long said that a decades-old U.S. embargo on Cuba has caused widespread hardship on the island, where thousands took to the streets this month in protests. Cuba's vital tourism industry has also been hard hit by the slump in travel following the global coronavirus pandemic.

The vessel departed from the Mexican port of Coatzacoalcos and is sailing with its transponder switched on, but has not updated its port of destination, according to Eikon.

Monitoring service TankerTrackers.com and a shipping source said it is navigating half-loaded. A Pemex source told Reuters the cargo contains 20 million liters or about 126,000 barrels of diesel.

Pemex declined to comment on the vessel's content and destination. The foreign affairs ministries of both Mexico and Cuba did not reply to requests for comment.

A separate shipping source said the tanker departed last week from the Coatzacoalcos port's berth number four, after being given "priority," which is why it loaded immediately.

The terminal is located nearby Pemex's Minatitlan refinery on the Gulf of Mexico.

The U.S. Treasury Department, which enforces sanctions, did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

Mexico said it would assist Cuba after this month's rare protests by thousands of citizens against the dire economic conditions on the island and the government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Mexico said its policy toward Cuba is a demonstration of international solidarity.

López Obrador on Monday asked U.S. President Joe Biden to make a decision about the embargo on Cuba to allow families in the island to receive remittances.

Cuba's main fuel provider is Venezuela, whose own economy is mired in a deep recession that has sparked widespread shortages. Venezuela's oil production and refinery output has shrunk in recent years under lack of maintenance and tough U.S. sanctions, reducing its exports to Cuba.

Fuel tanker owned by Mexico's Pemex on its way to Cuba -data, sources
 

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Steve Bucher
Steve Bucher Jul 26, 2021 10:18PM ET
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The Cuban government is starving it's people and blocking vaccinations yet other countries continue to try and blame the US. If that isn't living in denial I don't know what is.
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Picaso_Fish Jul 26, 2021 10:18PM ET
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Are you crazy??
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Picaso_Fish Jul 26, 2021 10:18PM ET
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Lift the sanctions that are causing the humanitarian crisis
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The mexicans are even worried that US barbarians will try to block what little humanitarian aid they are sending. Good for Mexico the world stands with them. The UN voted on this, only Isreal and the USA voted to crush Cuba
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I suppose, I support democracy in Cuba, but think the blockade will not further the ambition's of democracy. The problem is, it's unclear if Countries such as the USA or Canada are more democratic then Cuba is. Why? Because that open's the door to corporate donations and lack of control by Cuban citizen's. Cubans really do elect there government person by person. Political parties are banned because of problems with political finance.
William Turri
William Turri Jul 26, 2021 10:08PM ET
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what's it to ya?
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Breaking News: A Mexican tanker believed to be carrying diesel fuel bound for Cuba has reportedly sunk mysteriously in the gulf of Mexico. Unnamed sources claim multiple explosions occurred prior to the sinking. The US State Department has not responded to requests for comment.
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How about 62 years of communism causing much pain in Cuba. People yearn to be free from corrupt government. Put an end to Cuban dictatorship you will stop the Cuban pain.
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so banned remmittance, will hit government or the unfree people?. Get internet to people and the government but dont take off the feed
 
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