Iran to add 21 new oil tankers to national fleet

December 7, 2011
The managing director of the National Iranian Tanker Company announced that 21 new tankers will be added to the national fleet by the end of 2013, reaching the country’s crude transportation capacity to 180 million tons per year.

“Currently, Iran has 49 oil tankers operating in the national fleet,” the NITC director Mohammad Souri told the Mehr news agency.

In November, National Iranian Tanker Company received the Lloyd's List Awards, Middle East and Indian Subcontinent 2011 as the 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 percent share of the total shipping capacity in the world, placing the country in the 19th position in this regard. Iran’s shipping line has currently 165 ships with the capacity of over 1,000 GT and 13 million tons.