Danish shipping group ends Iran operations following US sanctions

Danish shipping group ends Iran operations following US sanctions
Maersk Tankers has said it will cease operations in Iran in accordance with reimposed US sanctions against the country.
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The firm said operations will be wound down by November 4 [AFP]

Danish shipping group Maersk Tankers on Thursday said it would cease its activities in Iran due to the US decision to leave a landmark nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions against Tehran.

Maersk Tankers would honour customer agreements entered into before May 8, but then wind them down by November 4, "as required by the reimposed US sanctions," the company told AFP.

The group said it "has been transporting cargoes for customers in and out of Iran on a limited basis," without providing precise figures for its activities.

A former subsidiary of the Danish maritime group AP Moller-Maersk, Maersk Tankers was in October 2017 sold for $1.17 billion to APMH Invest, a subsidiary of the investment A.P. Moller Holding.

The nuclear deal, reached in July 2015 between Iran and Germany, China, the United States under former president Barack Obama, France, Britain and Russia, called for Tehran to freeze its nuclear programme in exchange for getting some international sanctions against the Islamic Republic lifted.

Washington announced in early May that it would withdraw from the agreement and reimpose sanctions against Tehran.

"Iran's Military Budget is up more than 40 percent since the Obama negotiated Nuclear Deal was reached... just another indicator that it was all a big lie. But not anymore!" US President Donald Trump tweeted on May 13.

The French oil giant Total warned on Wednesday that it would pull out of a huge gas project in Iran, which started in July 2017, unless it would obtain a waiver from the US authorities with the support of France and the European Union.

Iran's oil exports amounted to one million barrels a day, mostly to Asia and some European countries, before sanctions were lifted. They have since climbed to 2.5 million barrels.

Maersk Tankers operates more than 160 vessels and employs 3,100 people worldwide for a turnover of $836 million in 2016.