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.
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.
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.