BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – The third of five Iranian fuel tankers is about to enter the waters of Venezuela, after two tankers arrived at the Venezuelan coast over the past 72 hours.
According to the latest maritime tracking data, the Iranian fuel tanker, the ‘Petunia’, entered the Caribbean Sea on Monday after crossing the Atlantic Ocean, following the same path that the two previous tankers, the ‘Fortune’ and ‘Forest’, took.
Tarek Aissami, the Venezuelan Minister of Oil, said the Fortune’s fuel was received at the El Palito refinery run by the Venezuelan National Oil Company (PDVSA), and thanked Iran for its support to his country amid this crisis that forced the citizens of Venezuela to wait in long lines to obtain gasoline.
The Forest, the second in the tanker group, changed its destination to a bunker belonging to the Cardon refinery run by the Venezuelan National Oil Company, where it is expected to dock today, according to RT.
Once the Petunia arrives in Venezuela, two more tankers are expected to arrive within the next week.
Iran’s decision to transport a large amount of fuel to Venezuela came around the same time that the U.S. imposed more sanctions against the Islamic Republic and the South American nation.