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Media: Iran renames oil tankers

Iran has renamed and reflagged many of its oil tankers in expectation of the European ban on oil importation from Iran which will take effect on July 1, writes the news agency Reuters.

Photo: Hasan Sarbakhshian (AP)

Just one week before the total ban on importation of Iranian oil takes effect Iran has renamed several of the country’s oil tankers and reflagged them to other countries.

Now the ships formerly known as Haraz, Nesa, and Sima, have been renamed Freedom, Truth, and Blossom, respectively, following the National Iranian Tanker Company’s decision to register the three ships and others in Tuvalu and Tanzania. It is about a third of the fleet, reflagged from Malta and Cyprus, which has come under pressure from the EU in the run-up to the ban’s coming into operation on July 1.

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