tanker damaged in a bombing that was blamed on Iran is back in business. The
ship’s first destination: Iran.
Victory is sailing in the northern Persian Gulf and signaling Iran’s Bandar
Imam Khomeini as a destination, according to ship tracking data compiled by
show the vessel, which was attacked off the coast of the United Arab Emirates
in May, is full and transporting fuel to Iran.
Tensions in the Gulf because of tanker
bombings; Iran denies involved though blamed by US and Saudi Arabia
bombings this year inflamed tensions in the Gulf as the U.S. and Saudi Arabia
blamed Iran for targeting the vessels and putting oil flows at risk. Iran
denies involvement in the attacks. Iran and European countries are in a
standoff over the Islamic republic’s adherence to the 2015 nuclear deal and the
seizure by U.K. forces of a cargo of Iranian crude.
Norwegian-flagged Andrea Victory was one of four
vessels damaged by explosions off the U.A.E. port of Fujairah in May. Two
other tankers were bombed close to Iranian territorial
waters in June. Fujairah, the Gulf’s main oil-trading hub, sits just outside
the Strait of Hormuz, the strategic chokepoint at the entrance to the Gulf.
Not clear what type of fuel the Andrea
Victory, after repairs in Dubai’s Port Rashid, appears to have loaded fuel in a
ship-to-ship transfer near Fujairah earlier this month, according to tanker
tracking. It was unclear what type of fuel the vessel is carrying.
vessel’s operations have returned to “business as usual,” said Dustin Eno, a
crisis response manager at Navigate PR, which works on behalf of the ship’s
manager Thome Group. Eno, who spoke by phone on July 1, declined to comment on
where the ship was headed. Representatives for the vessel couldn’t immediately
be reached Sunday.
US sanctions prohibit trade in Iranian
oil and refined products
sanctions prohibit trade in Iranian oil and refined products. Iran has in the
past imported refined fuels to meet domestic demand, even as it expands its own