Mystery surrounds arrival of five massive cargo ships and an oil tanker anchored off the Welsh coast as resident speculate they could be full of toilet roll
- Large cargo ships have baffled residents after anchoring in Bristol Channel near Port Talbot in Wales
- A huge oil tanker was seen arriving this weekend as firms were forced to store the mineral offshore
- Sellers were unable to sell their product due to huge decline in demand amid Covid-19 pandemic
Five massive cargo ships and an oil tanker that have anchored themselves off the Welsh coast have mystified residents – with residents speculating some could contain toilet roll.
The vessels are stationed in the Bristol Channel as they wait to dock at Port Talbot after the first of the group arrived at the weekend.
The 200-metre Mediterranean Highway was the first to arrive and is registered in Panama, WalesOnline reports.
The 55,000 tonne-ship was followed by the Whitstar, registered in the UK, the Golden Eagle, from the Marshall Islands, Sagar Samrat from Singapore, the Bulk Endurance from Panama and the SSI Excellent from the Marshall Islands.
The vessels are stationed in the Bristol Channel as they wait to dock at Port Talbot after the first of the group arrived at the weekend
One of the vessels – the UK-registered Whitstar – is classified as an oil products tanker
Measuring from 75 to 229 metres, it is not clear how long the ships will be in the channel or why they are there.
But Business Insider yesterday reported that a record amount of crude oil is being stored offshore due to a huge decline in demand during the coronavirus pandemic.
One of the vessels – the UK-registered Whitstar – is classified as an oil products tanker.
It came as US oil prices hit below zero for the first time earlier this week, which means producers are paying buyers to take it.
In the latest never-before-seen number to come out of the economic coma caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the cost to have a barrel of U.S. crude delivered in May plummeted to minus $37.63. It was at roughly $60 at the start of the year.
The drop came because contracts to have US oil delivered in May expired on Tuesday and traders were expected to run out of places to store it within the next two weeks, meaning they were paying buyers who have space to take barrels off their hands.
People have taken to social media to share their confusion and demand answers about the ships.
One wrote on Facebook: ‘Anyone know what ship/boat is in the bay this morning? Looks like a cruise ship.’
Another responded: ‘If it’s the right one I believe it’s a car carrier!’
One Twitter user wrote: ‘The shortage of toilet rolls finally resolved as six ships anchor in the Bristol channel waiting to enter Port Talbot docks.’
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