An Iranian warship may be ferrying millions of gallons of fuel to Venezuela in a bid to evade US sanctions, maritime experts suspect.
Undated photos surfaced Thursday on the Telegram messaging service that show the Iranian navy’s Makran riding low in the water compared to when it was commissioned in January, according to a report by the nonprofit US Naval Institute.
The Makran is a former oil tanker that was designed to carry around 3 million gallons of fuel before it was converted for military use, the USNI said.
“She is loaded down to the gills. She is obviously loaded with fuel but much more fuel than what’s needed,” Salvatore Mercogliano, an adjunct professor at the US Merchant Marine Academy, told the military think tank.
“Those ships could circumnavigate the world dozens of times. But [the] thing you can’t stop her from doing is delivering that fuel to Venezuela — that’s been the big issue, getting around the embargo