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Iran desperately needs tankers for oil export

A large part of Iran's tanker fleet is being used for storage and is not seaworthy, writes Reuters. Foreign tanker carriers are still reluctant to sail with Iranian oil due to continued US sanctions.

Iran, according to Reuters, is having trouble increasing its oil export because many of the country's tankers are being used as floating oil deposits and are not seaworthy, while foreign carriers remain reluctant to sail with Iranian oil.

Iran has approximately 55-60 tankers in its fleet, a senior Iranian government official informed Reuters recently, but he declined to say how many of these vessels are being used as deposits for oil not yet sold. According to industry sources, 25-27 Iranian tankers are parked on routes near Iranian oil terminals such as Assaluyeh and Kharg Island.

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