File photo, recent NITC addition: Sunrise (formerly Chun He 120) - IMO 9615092 [shipspotting.com]
According to the World Tribune (8/9/13):
Iran has taken delivery of new oil supertankers. The National Iranian Tanker Co. has acquired four new supertankers in mid-2013 as part of efforts to maintain the nation’s crude oil export industry.
The supertankers were said to have a capacity of two million barrels each. Iran’s state-owned Press TV said China plans to complete the delivery of the vessels by 2014.Previously, according to Reuters (2/5/13):
Iran has taken delivery of several new tankers from Chinese shipyards, giving it greater flexibility in maintaining oil exports in the face of Western sanctions.
Since the start of 2013, two supertankers have joined Iran’s trading fleet, with another three new vessels having arrived in recent months, according to industry sources and shipping data. Each vessel has a maximum capacity of 2 million barrels of oil.
With the latest acquisitions, NITC’s supertanker fleet has been boosted to 30 vessels with a maximum carrying capacity of 60 million barrels. It has an additional 14 small crude oil tankers.
The Atlantis and Infinity, the two vessels that joined NITC’s fleet in recent weeks, are part of a $1.2 billion contract with two Chinese shipyards that was ordered in 2009 for 12 new supertankers. The Carnation, Rainbow and Skyline reached NITC last year.Below is a partial rundown on Iran's recent tanker additions [source: Martime-Connector.com]:
IMO 9569205 - Carnation - Flag Tanzania (8/2: Persian Gulf 26.96538 / 56.419418, 0.4 kn / 311°)
IMO 9569619 - Rainbow - Flag Tanzania (8/6: Malacca Strait 3.72438 / 99.984009, 14.6 kn / 311°)
IMO 9569669 - Skyline - Flag Tanzania ( NA )
IMO 9569695 - Dew Drop - Flag Tanzania (8/13: N. China coast 38.874668 / 122.0592, 0.2 kn / 319°)
IMO 9569700 - Deniz - Flag Tanzania (8/12: Persian Gulf 26.78751 / 52.76046, 12.5 kn / 300°)
IMO 9569712 - Dusk - Flag Tanzania (7/24: near Singapore 1.230638 / 103.461, 12 kn / 268°)
IMO 9569621 - Atlantis - Flag Tanzania (7/27: near S. India coast 10.23946 / 75.302139, 13.7 kn / 354°)
IMO 9569671 - Infinity - Flag Tanzania (8/13: C. China coast 29.955669 / 121.8143, 0 kn / 17°)
IMO 9569683 - Demos - Flag Tanzania (8/12: Persian Gulf 26.193119 / 54.494492, 13.6 kn / 102°)
IMO 9615092 - Sunrise - Flag Tanzania (7/15: Persian Gulf 26.17207 / 55.367729, 15.1 kn / 58°)