I have just read your last post:
That made me reread your previous post and I have noted that you wrote:P.S. The following link implies that Portugal had no tankers of its own at the start of WWII and was probably not able to spare any for Spain:
You made a mistake while reading my posts in the other thread, and I made a mistake when reading your posts here. I never poste that Spain hired tankers from other countries; what I posted in the other thread viewtopic.php?f=12&t=177255&hilit=Sid+Guttridge was:Do you have any information on the tankers you say Spain hired from other countries to import oil during the war? On the face of it, this would appear to be against Allied policy.
That is, Spain had enough tankers for its needs (or for the approved Allied quotes!) and was able to hire some of them to Portugal and Switzerland to carry oil to those countries.Ironmachine wrote:In fact, there was a surplus of ships, and some of them were chartered for Portuguese and Switzerland .
Yes, IIRC that was one of the documents originally available at the link I provided in the other thread.Ironmachine wrote:P.P.S. Page 6 of the following link to a 1942 document seems to say that Spain was leasing tanker space to Portugal and Switzerland, which would confirm it had some tonnage to spare: