NITC Claims World's Largest Supertanker Fleet

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July 4, 2015

Photo: National Iranian Tanker Company

Photo: National Iranian Tanker Company

 According to the head of the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC), Iran has 42 very large crude carriers or VLCCs, each able to carry 2 million barrels of oil, reports Press TV.

NITC has recently announced that after buying 20 oil tanker from China during the last two and half years, now it has 42 super-tankers with very large crude carriers (VLCC) in its navy.
“No other company in the world owns that number of VLCCs,” NITC’s commercial director Nasrollah Sardashti has said.
Fifteen carriers purchased in the past couple of years have now joined the fleet and are geared up for taking LPG cargoes to their clients, Iran's deputy petroleum minister for strategic affairs Mohammad Souri said, Press TV reported.
“The arrival of this number of ships has substantially increased the LPG shipment capacity and reduced export and maritime transportation constraints to a minimum,” he said.     
Souri said five vessels have been purchased by the National Iranian Tanker Company and the remaining ships have been procured by the private sector.
According to WSJ, the biggest Iranian shipping company’s main rivals such as Mitsui O.S.K Lines and Nippon Yusen Kaisha of Japan and Belgium’s Euronav NV all have confirmed owning fewer tankers.
After purchasing one of the world’s largest crane vessels for installing giant oil and gas offshore rigs in the Persian Gulf as well as the largest floating oil storage unit (FSU) in February Iran has now been equipped with one of the most advanced oil tankers in the world. 
The acidifying oil tanker known as Deep Cleaner is one of the most advanced vessels of its kind in the Middle East region, and is equipped with a permanently installed nitrogen unit and liquid nitrogen tanks. 
The reports released by the National Iranian Oil Company indicates the operations of this acidizing tanker in South Pars phase 16 development plan has set a new record by increasing the oil production of phase 16 wells up to 2.5 times.
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