PortandTerminal.com, May 27, 2020
The remaining two Iranian tankers, “Faxon” and “Clavel”, should be arriving on Friday and early next week respectively
MARACAY, VENEZUELA – Iran-flagged tanker, PETUNIA, crossed the Caribbean Sea earlier on Tuesday and reached Venezuela’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) after being escorted by the Venezuelan navy.
Third of five tankers to safely arrive
The PETUNIA is the third of five Iranian tankers sent to deliver desperately needed oil and gasoline to Venezuela to safely reach the country despite earlier US threats.
The vessel carries approximately 50,000 tons of gasoline and related products, headed to restart the oil production in the Latin American country.
PETUNIA sailed the route taken in recent days by other two tankers, Fortune and Forest, which are reportedly discharging at Venezuelan ports.
Venezuela’s defense minister said Wednesday that planes and ships from the nation’s armed forces will escort Iranian tankers arriving with fuel to the gasoline-starved country to prevent any US aggression.
He compared the fuel tankers to humanitarian aid that China and Russia have sent to help Venezuela combat the new coronavirus pandemic.
Meantime, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami warned the US against any hostile move or trouble-making for the country’s oil tankers in international waters.
He described any possible US trouble-making for the Iranian tankers in the free waters as “piracy”.
Referring to any possible American moves against the Iranian tankers in the Caribbean, he reiterated, “If our oil tankers face problems in the Caribbean Sea or anywhere in the world by the Americans, they will face problems reciprocally.”
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