A Chinese supertanker with the capacity to carry two million barrels of crude has docked at an Iranian port, the Iranian media confirmed today. Bloomberg on Wednesday a report by HIS Fairplay, a British maritime research group, that the Chinese supertanker was seen at Kharg Island, Iran’s largest export terminal, on 21 March.
The visit is the first by a Chinese supertanker to Kharg since July when the EU imposed a ban on insuring tankers carrying Iranian crude. Since then, the Chinese have depended on National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) for the delivery of Iran’s crude oil to its refineries. (Press TV, 7 April)
File photo: Chinese supertanker Yuan Yang Hu (Press TV)