US military says S.Korea oil shipment “routine”


The US military dismissed suggestions that there was anything unusual about a jet fuel shipment to South Korea from Japan, saying it was routine and unrelated to current events on the peninsula.

“This is a routine request for proposals by Military Sealift Command to move fuel on behalf of the Defense Energy Support Center (DESC), and is unrelated to current events on the Korean peninsula,” Jeff Davis, a US Navy commander with the 7th Fleet, said in a statement to Reuters.

Oil industry sources said the United States Navy was seeking a medium-range oil tanker to move at least 30,000 tons of jet fuel from early next week.
“MSC contracted vessels move nearly two billion barrels of fuel between Department of Defence facilities and units every year. This move of approximately 220,000 barrels represents a small percentage of that routine annual fuel movement,” Davis said.