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Iran using disguised ship to load Venezuelan oil

The tanker reportedly hid its real name. The United States sanctions the oil industries of both Iran and Venezuela.
TOPSHOT - A worker of the Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA waves an Iranian flag as the Iranian-flagged oil tanker Fortune docks at the El Palito refinery in Puerto Cabello, in the northern state of Carabobo, Venezuela, on May 25, 2020. - The first of five Iranian tankers carrying much-needed gasoline and oil derivatives docked in Venezuela on Monday, Caracas announced amid concern in Washington over the burgeoning relationship between countries it sees as international pariahs. (Photo by - / AFP) (Photo

An Iranian tanker is currently in Venezuela to load oil for sale in Asia, Reuters reported Tuesday.

The tanker is contracted by the National Iranian Oil Company and used the name Ndros, which is a tanker that is no longer in use. Some partners of Venezuela’s state-run Petroleos de Venezuela oil company are using names of old tankers to disguise themselves. The tanker arrived at the port of Jose last week to lend 1.9 million barrels of oil for sale in Asia, according to Reuters.

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