Iran ships stranded in Brazil to depart this weekend: officers

Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Two Iranian ships stranded off the coast of Brazil for weeks will set sail this weekend, officers mentioned Saturday, after a court docket ordered state oil large Petrobras to replenish the vessels.

The majority carriers have been caught at Paranagua port within the southern state of Parana since early final month after Petrobras refused to offer gasoline for worry of breaching US sanctions.

The port administrator mentioned the dispute “ends this weekend.”

The Bavand, which is loaded with corn, will obtain 1,300 tons of gasoline, Portos do Parana mentioned in an announcement. The Termeh will get 600 tons.

Petrobras wouldn’t affirm if it was complying with the Supreme Courtroom order handed down Thursday for it to refuel the ships.

A spokesperson for Eleva Quimica, the Brazilian firm which contracted the vessels, mentioned refueling began within the early hours of Saturday and would end later within the day. They’d depart this weekend.

The Supreme Courtroom order got here after Iran’s prime envoy to Brazil informed Bloomberg that Tehran may droop imports from Brazil if the problem was not resolved.

The ships had reportedly introduced urea, which is used to make fertilizer, to Brazil and have been to move corn again to Iran.

Petrobras had mentioned the Iranian vessels and the Iranian firm that owns these ships — reportedly Sapid Transport — have been sanctioned by the US.

“If Petrobras have been to produce these vessels, it will be topic to the chance of being included in the identical checklist, which may trigger severe damages to the corporate,” it mentioned in an earlier assertion.

Washington has imposed a raft of punitive measures on Tehran and firms with ties to the Islamic republic since President Donald Trump pulled the US out of a landmark multinational nuclear pact final yr.

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