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US blacklists Chinese, South African companies for Iran oil trade

According to Reuters, the US Department of State identified seven companies that has blacklisted, due to their involvement in Iranian petrochemincals’ transport, marketing and sale. In fact, three of the seven companies are Chinese-based, while another three are in Hong Kong and one in South Africa.

US to strongly enforce sanctions against Iranian oil

The US will soon issue advisories warning shippers, port officials and insurance companies that it “will target anybody that stores Iranian oil, petrochemicals or refined petroleum in violation of US sanctions”. The US will encourage captains to take photos of anyone conducting illegal STS transfers.

Australian startup, Singapore’s University to tackle illegal bunkering

An Australian startup, rise-x.io, is collaborating with DNV GL and the National University Singapore’s (NUS) Department of Statistics and Applied Probability on a project that will tackle illegal bunkering. The algorithms that will be used in the project, will firstly be verified for their suitability and they will be integrated directly into rise-x.io’s QuayChain platform.

Two companies sue Valero of selling bad bunkers

Two companies filled lawsuits in federal courts in Texas reporting that ships they operated in 2018 were damaged by contaminated bunker fuel sold by a Valero Energy Co subsidiary Valero Marketing and Supply Co, as Reuters reports.

Russian tanker transfers fuel to North Korean ship, despite sanctions

A Russian tanker breached trade sanctions as it transferred fuel to a North Korean ship at sea at least four times between October 2017 and May 2018, according to two crew members who saw the transfers. During these transfers, the ship had declared the Port of Ningbo in China, as its destination. However, the crewmembers who gave this information, did not provide evidence of the violation of the sanctions.

Singapore arrests 11 for illegal transaction of MGO

During a joint operation on 19 February 2019, with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, the PCG arrested six crew members of a craft belonging to a marine service provider and another five crew members of a foreign-registered tugboat for illegal transaction of MGO at the sea off Jurong Island. The 11 men will be charged for criminal breaches.

Oil tanker detained for illegal STS transfer in Malaysian port

A tanker was detained in the morning hours of 3 October while conducting illegal ship-to-ship (STS) fuel transfer at the Tanjung Pelepas Port, for failing to obtain permit for the activity from the Marine Department director, under the Section 491B (1)(k) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952. 

Mauritius signs Jeddah Amendment on illicit maritime activity

Mauritius has become the 15th signatory to the Jeddah Amendment to the Djibouti Code of Conduct, the instrument developed and adopted by countries in the Western Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden focused on repressing piracy and armed robbery against ships operating in the region.

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