Iran’s ex-transport minister named new oil tanker fleet director

Iran Materials 31 January 2012 15:07 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 31 / Trend F.Milad/

Iranian former transport minister Hamid Behbahani was appointed as the new director of the National Iranian Tanker Company, replacing Mousa Souri in the position, Mehr news agency reported.

Currently, Iran has 49 oil tankers operating in the national fleet and 21 new ones will be added by the end of 2013, expanding the country's crude transportation capacity to 180 million tons per year.

In November, the National Iranian Tanker Company received the Lloyd's List Awards, Middle East and Indian Subcontinent 2011 as a superior ship operator.

The Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines managing director, Mohammad-Hossein Dajmar, has said that according to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Iran holds a 1.17 per cent share of the total shipping capacity in the world, placing the country in the 19th position in this regard. Iran's shipping line currently has 165 ships with the capacity of over 1000 GT and 13 million tons.