The US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control designated two companies that operate in the oil sector of the Venezuelan economy, pursuant to E.O. 13850, as amended. OFAC has also identified two vessels, which transported oil from Venezuela to Cuba, as blocked property owned by the two companies.
The US announced that it has designated a further nine vessels and four owning companies for involvement in the carriage of petroleum cargoes from Venezuela to Cuba. These sanctions cone a few days after the US blacklisted two shipping firms and their vessel for allegedly transporting oil from Venezuela to Cuba.
On April 5, the US sanctioned two companies operating in Venezuela’s oil sector and one vessel used to transport oil to Cuba. Additional vessels, in which Venezuela’s state-owned oil company PDVSA has interests, are blocked property, according to Executive Order 13850. The US encouraged companies, banks, and other institutions not to provide services that support Maduro’s practices.
US President Donald Trump announced on March 22 that he lifted sanctions on two Chinese freight forwarders that were accused of trading illegally with North Korea. The US Treasure had imposed large scale sanctions on these companies, which would be added to the already existing sanctions. However, Mr. Trump intervened to withdraw them.
US Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that a 30-year-old man from Cushing, Maine was sentenced in US District Court by Judge D. Brock Hornby to four years in prison and three years of supervised release for Seaman’s Manslaughter for causing the death of two crewmen who were then 26 and 15 years old. The man pleaded guilty on September 25, 2018.
On March 12, the US Environmental Protection Agency announced enforcement actions involving $530,199 in fines and more than 10,000 engines and vehicles imported into the US. These actions are the result of joint operations between EPA and the US Customs and Border Protection at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, to identify foreign-made engines and vehicles that do not have proper emission controls.
Trident Seafoods Corporation has agreed to limit emissions of ozone-depleting substances from refrigeration equipment on its ships, under a proposed settlement with the US Environmental Protection Agency and US Department of Justice to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act. The company will also pay a $900,000 civil penalty.
The US Department of Justice received a court order on December 11, awarding the US $857,868 in civil penalties, along with other relief, in the Department’s immigration-related employment discrimination lawsuit against companies that provide contract shipyard labor.
The US Department of Justice announced that Navimax Corporation was fined with $2,000,000 by a federal district court for violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships and obstructing a Coast Guard investigation. Namely, the company discharged oily waste at sea.
The US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control has identified nine targets in an international network through which Iran, working with Russian companies, provide barrels of oil to Syria. According to the US, a Syrian national and his Russia-based company delivered oil from Iran to Syria.
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