Day rates for vessels that move oil and refined products between U.S. ports rose after the U.S. banned Russian oil and product imports this year, Kinder Morgan Inc. CEO Steven Kean said on June 1.

Pipeline and terminal operator Kinder Morgan, which owns about 16 Jones Act vessels, saw a "meaningful" uptick in demand spurred by the U.S. ban following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Kean said at the Bernstein Annual Strategic Decisions conference.

The Jones Act requires goods moved between U.S. ports to be carried by ships built domestically and staffed by U.S. crews. Kinder Morgan vessels carry crude oil, refined products and fuel blend stocks to the mid-Atlantic and northeast ports.

Daily chartering rates were moving toward the bottom end of pre-pandemic rates of $60,000 to $65,000, Kean added.

The U.S. imported 672,000 bbl/d of Russian crude and refined products last year, according to Energy Information Agency data. Of that, 30%, or 199,000 bpd, was crude, while 473,000 bbl/d was refined products.