The vessel was due to arrive in the United States on Saturday, but now it is heading back toward the Spanish port of Algeciras near Gibraltar.
A tanker carrying Russian-produced liquified natural gas (LNG) has turned back on its way in the Atlantic, a day before it was scheduled to deliver the shipment on the US East Cost, Bloomberg reported, citing ship-tracking data.
The data shows that the Gaselys vessel is now heading toward the Spanish port of Algeciras near Gibraltar and should arrive there next week.
The vessel is carrying a cargo from the Isle of Grain terminal in Britain to the Everett regasification terminal near Boston.
The tanker is owned by French energy company Engie. However, earlier this week the Russian business daily Kommersant reported, citing sources, that the gas was produced at the Yamal LNG plant in Russia.
Engie has not yet commented on the report. In turn, Russia’s Novatek, which co-owns the Yamal LNG project, said the company sold the gas to a trader, after which it is no longer responsible for its movement.
“Yamal LNG sold the has to our trading partner Novatek Gas & Power. In its turn, the company resold the gas to Malaysia’s Petronas, after which we have no relation to the shipment. We just sold it and this is it. We don’t know what will happen to this gas in the future,” Novatek spokesperson Yury Melikhov told the newspaper Izvestia.