Japanese shipping group halts oil calls to beleaguered Iraqi terminal

Eric Watkins, Middle East CorrespondentA leading Japanese shipping group has reported it will no longer send oil tankers to Iraq's Basra oil terminal (BOT) following suicide attacks that killed three US sailors and interrupted oil exports last month (OGJ Online, Apr. 24, 2004).The announcement by NYK Line, which coincided with further attacks around Iraqi oil facilities during May 8-9, followed widespread concerns raised recently in Japan over security of shipping to the Arab country and came also as US forces struggled to improve security in the war-torn country (OGJ Online, May 6, 2003)."At the moment NYK does not regard [BOT] as safe,"said Masanobu Hamakawa, spokesman for the Tokyo...

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