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11-10-2011 - Arab News

Kuwait oil shipments halted due to strike: Shipping sources

All vessel traffic in and out of Kuwaiti ports is halted and oil tanker traffic has stopped as Kuwait customs union went on a strike, two shipping sources based in Kuwait said.


"All vessel movements in and out of Kuwaiti ports are suspended," a shipping source said, adding that at least five oil tankers were waiting to depart from Mina Al Ahmadi port.


Kuwait is among the world's top five crude oil exporters with biggest customers mostly from Asia.


Kuwait Petroleum Company (KPC) is trying to secure staff in order to finish the clearance documents for the shipments, an oil official said.


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