Cuba Buys Oil Tanker to Circumvent US Sanctions

HAVANA TIMES – The Cuban government has resorted to buying a ship carrying fuel after its owner refused to dock on the island for fear of incurring US sanctions, Cuba’s transport minister said Wednesday, reported dpa news.

“We have reached the point of having to buy a ship in the immediate vicinity of our shores… because the shipowner has refused to dock,” Transportation Minister Eduardo Rodriguez told state television.

US President Donald Trump has imposed a string of sanctions to pressure the Caribbean island to stop supporting Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, whom it wants to oust from office. This has led to a drop in fuel imports.

Rodriguez did not give details on the origin of the vessel, saying only that the Cuban government was forced to buy it with “the limited financial resources available to the country.”

Another company had cancelled a contract to buy two planes from state-owned airline Cubana Airlines for fear of liability under the so-called Helms-Burton Act, the minister said.

The act, passed by former US president Bill Clinton in 1996 and reactivated by Trump last year, enables suits to be filed in US courts for those accused of “trafficking” with Cuban state-owned confiscated assets.


13 thoughts on “Cuba Buys Oil Tanker to Circumvent US Sanctions

  • Why do you fail to apply the same principles to American Indians and African Americans? Surely THEIR lands were stolen they were violently subjected to brutally beyond belief. You would never call American Agribusiness or Landlords “thieves” would you? Yet any Land reform benefitting Cuban peasants and paving the way for widespread mechanisation of the sugar Industry – “Sin Azucar No Hay Pais” – which YOUR REGIME failed to do. Listen how does a Monoculture economy achieve Long-Term Structural Change and technical progress if it fails to mechanise its historically important industry? Can you actually answer such questions because Cuba had serious problems your regime never addressed such as the declining US Preferential market for Cuban sugar as it incorporated sugar imports from new sources in the 1950s such as The Phillippines??

  • You exiles need to answer ONE question : Why did you fail to restructure a Monoculture economy that faced 30 years of stagnation despite directives from the World Bk [1952] and UK Board of Trade [1954]? Further to that why did you fail to mechanise the sugar Industry the ONLY sector you had? You left the country with prolonged stagnation your ONLY industry based on slave labour 25% unemployment dire social horrors and 370,000 Professional cane cutters who toiled for 5 months p.a!! Why did you do NOTHING about these dire problems, did Batista even care? By the way Cuba successfully mechanised the entire sugar sector keeping unemployment to 2-3% AND built a swathe of new industrial and medical sectors by 1990-1 and The collapse of COMECON which robbed the most progressive country in the region of 80% of its foreign trade. Also you have no problem with Wahabbism and Saudi Arabia and supporting ISIS do you??

    Attention! If The US is so “helpful” to poorer countries then why are there MILLIONS streaming illegally into the US every month or at least attempting to? These Capitalist no hopers have absolutely no excuse ziltch yet Cuba had to face both illegal extraterratorial sanctions, the loss of 80% of its foreign trade PLUS discriminatory immigration policies [wet foot/dry foot] wherein any “refugee” making it to US shores received automatic residence a PRIVILEGE not granted to those departing all the Capitalist no hopers of which there are many!!. In any case the exiles need to respond to why if Cuba is so hopeless [tell that to Nelson Mandela who the exiles hated!!!] why do you need to impose criminal illegal sanctions against Cuba yet you support Saudi Arabia and those terrorist supporting countries?? I’m confused I mean I have never heard Cuba mentioned as women suppressors, ISIS/Caliphate supporters etc BUT I know even Ms Clinton named the Gulf dictatorships which the US and West fully SUPPORT, as total backers of The Caliphate and Terrorist Mercenaries.

  • Joe Biden will call out Trump for: (1) not doing enough to help the Cuban people economically; (2) unintentionally putting the livelihoods of Venezuelans and Cubans at risk by secondary means by attempting to block Venezuelan oil tankers from sending oil to Cuba; (3) shutting down the consular section of the US Embassy in Havana; (4) scaring away non-US businesses by enacting Title III just for the purpose of pleasing early generation Cuban exiles who had their property taken away.

    If either Pete Buttigieg, Joe Biden, or Mike Bloomberg wins the Super Tuesday primaries, and one of them secures the Democratic presidential nomination, and one of them wins this year’s election, then Biden will order Title III de-activated and portions of Helms-Burton redacted, and he will order all Trump-era sanctions on Cuba lifted.

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