Iranian tankers sail to Venezuela

Fortune, the Iranian tanker, is sailing towards the 12-nm boundary of Venezuela’s territorial seas, bringing its controversial journey to a close. 

US blacklists Chinese, South African companies for Iran oil trade

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.

Iran, Syria sign agreement for ports and maritime cooperation

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.

Merchant shipping in Middle Eastern waters under high alert

With one of the most powerful military commander of Iran announced to be killed by a US air strike in Baghdad, Iraq earlier this morning, the merchant shipping heading close to the Middle Eastern waters has been pushed back and put on high alert due to fears that Iran will respond to the American drone strikes.

Iran, Italy explore Chabahar-Venice shipping route

According to the Iranian Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO), Iran and Italy are under discussions for launching a key shipping route that could help increase trade between the port of Chabahar, in southeastern Iran, and Venice, in northern Italy.

Iran announces Adrian Darya’s oil sold at sea

An Iranian representative to London announced that the oil cargo of tanker Adrian Darya 1 – previously known as Grace 1 – was sold at sea to a private company, denying that Tehran had broken its promises over the vessel and highlighted that EU’s Syria sanction do not apply to Tehran.

Greece calls for immediate release of Stena Impero’s crew

The tensions in the Strait of Hormuz, following Iran seizing the British-flagged Stena Impero, are in the spotlight as the whole shipping industry waits for any updates on the situation. The Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs published a statement, highlighting the importance of the immediate release of the crewmembers and the continuation of the seized vessel’s journey.

US considers potential coalition against Iran

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed with leaders in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates about the possibility of countering the military threat from Iran by establishing a wide, global coalition that includes Asian and European countries.


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