COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – A suspected sanctions busting crude carrier loaded with Iranian oil had not discharged any cargo in Sri Lanka but had come in for bunkers, Sri Lanka’s foreign ministry official said.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mahishini Colonnne said F Whale, a Pananmanian flagged vessel had entered Colombo Port to get bunkers.
"The vessel had not been carrying any oil for the CPC (Ceylon Petroleum Corporation) and no cargo had been unloaded from the said ship," Colonne told reporters.
"The ship was suspected to be carrying Iranian oil, but it can be confirmed that it was not carrying supplies for the CPC and did not unload any cargo."
Sri Lanka’s archaic state-run refinery is built to use Iranian light crude and it has proved difficult for the firm to find alternative crudes that give a similar yield of light distillates.
Reports said Wednesday that the US had warned Sri Lanka not to accept any crude from the vessel as it had been loaded with Iranian crude off the coast of the UAE.
Reports of Sri Lanka buying Iranian crude through third parties have surfaced earlier.