venezuela is suffering from an acute economic crisis that has been exacerbated by economic sanctions imposed against the country by the US in 2019, essentially crippling the nation’s oil refineries among other things.
Five Iranian oil tankers are reportedly sailing towards venezuela purportedly carrying fuel for the Latin American state, online media outlet Al-Masdar News reported citing maritime services’ information. Three tankers, Fortune, Petunia, and Forest are currently crossing the Atlantic, while two more, Faxon and Clavel are crossing the Mediterranean Sea.
One monitoring service, Marine Traffic, however, indicates that only one of the ships, Forest, is heading towards South America without indicating the specific country, while the others are yet to announce their destination ports. It’s also unclear what cargo are they carrying from the information provided by the maritime monitoring system.
Even if the tankers are heading towards Venezuela, they might face trouble because the US recently deployed three destroyers and a littoral combat ship, the USS Detroit, to the Caribbean Sea. The US Navy could potentially intercept the vessels if they receive such orders.
Both Venezuela and the US have of late been suffering due to the American sanctions, especially their oil industries. The Latin American state’s refining capabilities have reportedly been crippled by the joint impact of sanctions and economic crisis, leading to fuel…