IRANIAN OIL TANKERS REPORTEDLY ‘GO DARK,’ MAKING TRACKING EXPORTS MORE DIFFICULT

Rferl on 3rd November reported that Iran’s oil exports are becoming harder to track as Iranian tankers are increasingly “going dark” by turning off transponders that make them easy to detect as they transport their cargo on the high seas, oil experts say.  AFP reported on November 2nd that in late October, every single tanker carrying Iranian oil suddenly “went dark,” switching off their transponders to avoid being tracked, the first time that had been seen by the TankerTrackers monitoring group in Stockholm.  Companies that track shippers still can use satellite images to try to locate the vessels, but the loss of individual tracking mechanisms on board each ship will make that harder.

https://www.rferl.org/a/iranian-oil-tankers-reportedly-go-dark-making-tracking-exports-more-difficult/29580356.html

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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