An Iranian military speedboat patrols the waters as a tanker prepares to dock at the oil facility on Kharg Island on March 12, 2017. AFP / ATTA KENARE
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Iran is starting to store oil on its fleet of supertankers again as impending U.S. sanctions force the Gulf country to revive a strategy it deployed under previous curbs.Almost all of Iran's main customers purchased fewer Iranian barrels in August than they did in April, the month before Trump said sanctions were being reimposed.At least five full crude tankers have anchored off the Iranian coast over the past 2 1/2 weeks.Two more supertankers, or Very Large Crude Carriers, joined them in the past three days, bringing the total volume of crude held on ships off Iran's ports to 13 million barrels.That's made Iran more dependent on its own fleet.
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