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Iran starts sending own oil tankers to Europe

Reports say Iran has sent at least two supertankers to Europe in what appears to be the country’s first direct shipment of crude oil to EU clients after the removal of sanctions last year.

Iran starts sending own oil tankers to Europe
(Sunday, January 29, 2017) 18:45
A report by the Financial Times said two giant vessels called ‘Snow’ and ‘Huge’ were already on their way towards the storage and trading port of Rotterdam.

Both belong to the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) and had taken their loads at Iran’s Kharg Island earlier this month.

The supertankers are the first vessels operated by the NITC rather than independent shippers. Both can carry more than two million barrels of oil, the Financial Times wrote, adding that they are expected to reach Rotterdam early next month.

Earlier, Bloomberg had quoted market figures as showing that Europe was already preparing to import the highest amount of crude oil from Iran in five years.

Bloomberg had highlighted estimates as showing that tanker arrivals from Iran would reach 622,581 barrels a day in January. This, it said, would be the biggest flows for a single month since at least November 2011.
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