Iran bunkers 800,000 tons of fuel to Persian Gulf sailing ships

Business Materials 30 October 2012 17:16 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan , Baku , Oct. 30/ Trend F.Milad/

Iran has managed to sell approximately 800,000 tons of furnace oil and 50,000 tons of gas oil to ships sailing in the Persian Gulf during the first six months of the current Iranian calendar year, which began March 20, head of the National Iranian Oil Products Distribution Company Jalil Salari said on Tuesday.

Iran has daily bunkered some 4-6 million liters of fuels to the vessels in the mentioned period, the SHANA News Agency quoted Salari as saying.

Iran will establish a dock exclusive for bunkering at the Kharg Island, located in the Persian Gulf, by March 2016, an official with the National Iranian Oil Products Distribution Company annouced in May.

The 2000-ton station will be put into operation by the end of the fifth five-year development plan, Sadrollah Avazpour said, the Shana News Agency reported.

"In total, 232 million liters of fuel were sold at the Kharg facilities to ships sailing in the region last year," he said, adding that the figure is expected to rise this year.

Iran holds some 25 percent share of bunkering in the region, the Ports and Maritime Organization's managing director said on May 13, adding the figure should be increased to 50 percent.

For the time being, the country's ports have the capacity of 2.5 million tons bunkering, Ataollah Sadr said, the Mehr News Agency reported.

Iran's fifth five-year development plan (2010-2015) aims for the country to sell 4.2 million tons of oil a year and hold a 30 percent share of bunkering in the Persian Gulf.