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London — The UK's Sullom Voe terminal loaded one cargo of Brent Blend crude bound for the US in the week to Tuesday, the Shetland Islands Council said Thursday.

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The total Brent Blend loaded was 99,470 mt, a 755,773-barrel cargo, or an average 107,968 b/d, larger than the typical Brent blend cargo of a total 600,000 b/d.

This was down 70,595 mt or 76,626 b/d from the two cargoes totalling 170,065 mt that loaded in the previous week.

The Cape Bellavista loaded its cargo of Brent Blend on June 16, bound for Portland, on the US Atlantic Coast.

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Suncor fixed an Aframax to load in the North Sea June 15, for a trans-Atlantic voyage, according to shipping reports earlier in June.

A Suncor crude trader confirmed the fixture, but declined to comment further.

"Our assumption is that it will go to Portland and on to Suncor's Montreal refinery," a trader said at the time.

Suncor's 137,000 b/d Montreal refinery has access to crude imports via a rail terminal and the Portland-Montreal pipeline.

Brent blend has been shipped to the US Atlantic Coast twice in the last five years prior to the Cape Bellavista, both occasions in 2014 to Portland, Maine.

The economics of the move were unclear, with little movement of North Sea crude to the US Atlantic Coast this year, despite a brief flurry of fixtures in January when the US benchmark, WTI, flipped to a premium over ICE Brent crude.

Meanwhile, there were no ship-to-ship transfers or Clair loadings at Sullom Voe in the previous week.

Brent Blend and Clair load from Sullom Voe.

--Erduan Reid,
--Edited by Jonathan Fox,