This week, the Treasury Department blacklisted a reflagged Iranian crude oil tanker highlighted by Reps. Peter Roskam (R-IL) and Ted Deutch (D-FL) in a recent letter to Treasury. The March letter authored by the lawmakers and signed by 54 other Members of Congress urged the Treasury and State Departments to clamp down on Iranian vessel reflagging, a complex technique employed by Iran to dodge international sanctions and continue its illicit shipping endeavors. The letter identified three suspicious vessels in particular, including the Justice, which the Treasury's Office of Foreign Asset Control added to its Specially Designated Nationals (SND) list this week.
"We are running out of patience for Tehran's intricate schemes to circumvent international sanctions," said Congressman Roskam, the House Chief Deputy Whip and Republican Israel Caucus Co-Chair. "It is our responsibility to ensure that Iran and its accomplices know that their actions have consequences. I want to commend the Treasury Department and the Department of State for sanctioning this vessel, and encourage them to remain vigilant against Iran's illegal shipping endeavors.
"The recent blacklisting of the Justice by Treasury sends a message that the United States will not tolerate efforts by the Iranian regime to skirt sanctions, and that we remain committed to preventing a nuclear-armed Iran," said Congressman Deutch, Ranking Member of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee. "As unprecedented economic pressure from the United States and our allies mounts on the Iranian regime, we must proactively address any and all strategies used by Iran to sidestep sanctions."
The Justice (IMO 9357729), a 319,999DWT crude oil tanker reportedly owned by the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) and formerly known as the Dadgar, was originally flagged to Iran, but subsequently reflagged to Cyprus and then Tanzania. The Justice was recently reported to be near Iran following a voyage to China.