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1st India tanker loads Iran oil after lifting of sanctions

Distya Akula, a crude oil vessel co-owned by Elektrans Group, has become the fist Indian tanker to load Iraninan crude post removal of US sanctions against the Gulf nation. “MT Distya Akula is the first Indian Suezmax tanker to load 130,000 MT(metric tonne) of Iranian crude for Litasco, the trading arm of Russia’s Lukoil three weeks after the removal of sanctions against Iran,” the company said in a statement.

The vessel has a deadweight tonnage of 150,000 tonnes. The loading of the crude has taken place from February 5 to 11, 2016. Previously, Distya Akula was in the Persian Gulf heading towards Al Basrah port in Iran on January 31, 2016. 

Post loading, the vessel will travel from Kharg Island in the Persian Gulf to Constanta on the Black Sea, the company said.
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