Oil tanker arrives in Venezuelan waters to discharge Iranian crude

Iran-flagged Suezmax tanker Silvia I (IMO 9172052), carrying about 1m barrels of Iranian heavy crude, arrived recently in Venezuelan waters for delivery to the country’s largest refinery, according to a shipping report seen by Reuters on Monday, as well as using vessel tracking data.

Iran and Venezuela recently expanded a swap agreement signed last year, adding the supply of Iranian heavy crude to Venezuela’s El Palito refinery and Paraguana Refining Center (CRP).

The Silvia I arrived on Sunday to an anchorage area near Venezuela’s Amuay port.

Days earlier the vessel was seen in satellite pictures close to Venezuela’s largest port, the Jose terminal, according to monitoring service TankerTrackers.com.

The vessel departed in early April from Khor Fakkan, on the Gulf of Oman, and switched off its transponder when navigating near the Cape of Good Hope towards the Atlantic Ocean, according to Refinitiv Eikon monitoring data.

2000-built, Iran-flagged, 81,479 gt Silvia I is owned and managed by NITC of Tehran, Iran. As of March 20th the vessel was recorded on Marine Traffic as being in the Strait of Malacca.