The Authorities of Singapore reported that they may arrest the Russian vessel that has been under US sanctions for violating economic sanctions imposed on North Korea, Interfax, a Russian news reported.
The US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) blacklisted additional six vessels linked to Venezuelan PdVSA, with the latter having already been sanctioned. All vessels stated above, departed Venezuela for Cuba in the fall to deliver oil for the sanctioned Cuban trading firm Cubametales.
The US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanction the Cuban company, Corporacion Panamericana S.A., pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13850 for being owned or controlled by, or having acted for or on behalf of, Cubametales, an entity designated on July 3, 2019, for operating in the oil sector of the Venezuelan economy.
In light of the US Sanctions to COSCO for alleged involvement in moving crude oil from Iran, David Peyman, deputy assistant secretary of state for counter threat finance and sanctions, commented that no company is too big to avoid sanctions if they conduct illegal operations.
Six ARC7 LNG carriers transporting gas from the Yamal LNG project, under a joint venture of Teekay LNG with China LNG, are no longer classified as a “Blocked Person” under US OFAC rules, according to an official statement by Bermudas-based Teekay Corporation.
A supertanker by COSCO Shipping Tankers has received a temporary waiver from US sanctions. The ship is now able to discharge crude oil cargoes. In fact, the VLCC Coswisdom Lake, which discharged some crude in Singapore last week, offloaded the rest of its oil at Brunei on October 16, Reuters said citing shipping data on Refinitiv Eikon.
The White House alerts Chinese shipping companies of not turning off their AIS, hiding Iranian oil shipments in violation of US sanctions, Reuters reports, while vessels navigating with their AIS shut down could be a danger to the overall navigation, posing a great threat to the other vessels sailing around them.
The recent developments see OFAC, the US Office of Foreign Assets Control, imposing sanctions on COSCO tankers and certain entities and individuals for transferring Iranian oil, which is against the US rules. Thus, OFAC has further explained who these sanctions impact and how the shipping industry is affected.
Reuters reports that almost a third of the tankers owned by COSCO Shipping Tanker have shut off their AIS systems after the U.S. imposed sanctions on the company for reportedly shipping Iranian crude. In the first week of October, a total of 14 COSCO Dalian ships, including nine VLCCs, have shut off their ship-tracking transponders and have stopped sending location data from their automatic identification system.
The North Korean bulk carrier ‘Wise Honest’, which was detained for over five months in the port of Pago Pago, American Samoa, eventually departed under tow on Monday, bound for demolition, less than three months after the US revealed intentions to sell the seized vessel, following order by a federal court.
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