Greeks refuses to refuel Iran oil tanker due to sanctions

November 28, 2012 16:40

ATHENS/LONDON - A Greek firm has refused to refuel an Iranian-owned tanker flying the Tanzanian flag, the company said on Wednesday, in one of the first such cases to show European sanctions are taking their toll on Iran's oil trade.

A EU embargo on Iranian oil exports to Europe and a ban on European ship insurance are among the tougher measures imposed on the Islamic Republic over its nuclear program, aiming to make Western companies halt trade with the OPEC member country.

The Baikal, part of top Iranian tanker operator NITC's fleet, had been anchored off the Greek island of Syros since Monday, AIS vessel tracking data showed.

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