On 25th July, Insurance Maritime News reported that, according to Lloyds List, Venezuelan vessels could be using similar methods to Iran – ship-to-ship transfers en route from source to destination – in the same area off Malaysia to disguise the origin and destination of their cargoes to China.  It mentions a number of recent cases involving ships apparently transferring Iranian and Venezuelan oil shipments off the coast of Malaysia.

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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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