Ahval on 23rd July reported alleged involvement of 2 vessels (the Agdash and the Agsu) believed to belong to the Turkish-owned Palmali Shipping in Iran sanctions violations. In May, it was reported that OFAC had launched an investigation into the Istanbul-based Palmali Shipping for violating the US embargoes against Iran and Syria. In March, it is reported, a report from OFAC listed the names of companies violating embargoes, the methods they used and the sanctions against them; and a ship named Shah Deniz belonging to Palmali Shipping was said to have shipped oil from Syria in 2016. The ship, sailing under the Maltese flag, was sold to another company and renamed Zarifa Aliyeva after the incident, but Vesselfinder records show photographs of the ship with the name Palmali still on the sides.
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