Iranian oil headed for Japan after US waiver granted

Japanese refiners have loaded Iranian oil onto VLCC Kisogawa (IMO 9805087), which left Iran’s Kharg Island Sunday bound for Sodegaura, Tokyo Bay. Japan has thus resumed imports after halting purchases because of sanctions by the US, a spokesman for a Japanese refinery and an Iranian official said on Monday January 21st.

Fuji Oil, jointly with Showa Shell, loaded the first Iranian crude oil cargo being lifted by Japanese refiners since the country won a 180-day waiver from the US to import oil from Iran, a Fuji Oil official told S&P Global Platts.

Japan becomes the last of the four biggest Iranian oil buyers in Asia to resume imports. China and India maintained their imports after November, while South Korea halted imports for four months, resuming them over the weekend.

2017-built, Panama-flagged, 161,486 gt Kisogawa is owned by Kisogawa Shipping SA care of Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd of Tokyo, Japan. It is entered with Japan Club (Tokyo office) on behalf of Kisogawa Shipping.