At least seven boats have caught fire at a shipyard in the port of Bushehr in Iran, according to loca media. The fire has been contained, while no casualties were reported.
Trump Administration recently imposed sanctions against Iran’s shipping network for allegedly carrying cargoes of weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
Fortune, the Iranian tanker, is sailing towards the 12-nm boundary of Venezuela’s territorial seas, bringing its controversial journey to a close.
On May 9, shipping traffic at Iran’s busy Shahid Rajaee port terminal came to a sudden and inexplicable halt. Namely, the computers all crashed at once, leading to massive backups on waterways and roads.
Iran’s foreign minister warned the US against using its navy in the Caribbean to disrupt Iranian fuel shipments to Venezuela.
A Hong Kong-flagged tanker was briefly detained in Iran before being freed, as armed Iranian guards in speedboats directed the vessel into its waters while it was sailing through the Gulf of Oman.
According to Reuters, the US Department of State identified seven companies that has blacklisted, due to their involvement in Iranian petrochemincals’ transport, marketing and sale. In fact, three of the seven companies are Chinese-based, while another three are in Hong Kong and one in South Africa.
The US will soon issue advisories warning shippers, port officials and insurance companies that it “will target anybody that stores Iranian oil, petrochemicals or refined petroleum in violation of US sanctions”. The US will encourage captains to take photos of anyone conducting illegal STS transfers.
Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO) has allocated 36 trillion rials (=$857.2 million) of its budget resources for a program to develop the country’s maritime industry, including the construction of 83 vessels, the head of PMO informed.
During the Iran-Syria Joint Committee on Port and Maritime Cooperation, Mohammed Rastad, the managing Director of PMO and the Syrian Deputy Minister of Maritime Transport agreed to consider maritime cooperation development, maritime training between the two countries.
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