The Iranian-flagged tanker ‘Fortune’ has arrived at its final destination, docking at El Palito port on Venezuela’s northern coast. The vessel is the first of five Iranian tankers that set sail for Caracas loaded with fuel.
BREAKING NEWS: The Iranian oil/chem Handymax tanker, FORTUNE, which loaded 43 million liters of gasoline during mid-March at Port Shahid Rajaee, Iran, has now moored at berth 2 at the refinery of El Palito, Venezuela, situated west of capital city, Caracas. #OOTT@MarineTrafficpic.twitter.com/rvpbHsxnQl
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Satellite images showed the tanker completing a berthing operation at El Palito refinery with the help of two Venezuelan tug boats shortly after midnight on Monday local time.
#BREAKINGas you see the tracking map,both Venezuelan tugs pushing Fortune tanker for berthing at El Palito port.Congratulations to #Venezuela🇻🇪Berthing operation finished.After pass(visit) Fortune by Venexuelan Coast Guard ,discharging cargo operation will start soon.🙂 https://t.co/vKVsG1pisspic.twitter.com/5xfiRpoWl9
— Sayed Abolfazl🇮🇷🇻🇪🇷🇺🇾🇪🇱🇧🇸🇾 (@IRI_SEAMAN) May 25, 2020
In order to ensure that the ship reached Venezuela’s shores without any incident, the tanker was escorted by the Venezuelan Navy as it passed through the nation’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
The ‘Fortune’ will be followed by another four tankers – the ‘Clavel,’ the ‘Forest,’ the ‘Faxon’ and the ‘Petunia.’ They are expected to bring a total of more than 1.5 million barrels of fuel to Venezuela, which – despite being oil-rich – has faced an energy crisis due to biting US sanctions.
Several hours before the much-awaited arrival of the ‘Fortune,’ the ‘Forest’ became the second tanker from the mini-flotilla to cross into Venezuela’s EEZ. The vessel was reportedly met by the country’s navy as well.
Congratulations!!! to the Iranian Oil Tanker Forest the SECOND Oil Tanker of 5 that has now entered Venezuela EEZ! Long Live Iran Long Live Venezuela ⚓️🇮🇷❤️🇻🇪⚓️ Mabruk to All!!!😍 pic.twitter.com/RkhqODtwSq
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