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Strong winds to disrupt Istanbul weekend bunkering: sources

Strong winds are expected in the Eastern Mediterranean, particularlyIstanbul, over the weekend but this has left suppliers divided as to theimpact on bunkering activity.

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The Eastern Mediterranean is set to experience strong winds this weekendand the anchorages at Istanbul are vulnerable to strong winds which can createdisruption, a trader said.

Two further suppliers expects some deliveries to be delayed and theimpact could be felt into early next week but it is unclear how hefty thedelays will be as of yet.

"We expect 5-7 Beaufort NE winds from Saturday noon to Sunday noon. ButNorth winds do not effect bunkering in Istanbul as the area is sheltered bythe coast. We have big problems when South winds are strong," a third suppliersaid.

The Istanbul port authority could not be reached for comment.

Delays in the Turkish Straits are currently around five days northboundand the same southbound, according to a broker report.

A shipping source said bad fog could hit the Bosporus from Monday but forthe time being they could not confirm the likely impact. If this is the casethe traffic flow along the Istanbul to Bosporus channel will be stopped, headded.

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