On 16th August, London South East carried a Reuters report about the very large crude carrier (VLCC) Pacific Bravo. A US government official had warned ports in Asia not to allow the ship to dock, saying it was carrying Iranian crude in violation of US sanctions. However, after the ship turned off its transponder, another ship, identified as Latin Venture turned its on – but both transmitted the same unique identification number, IMO9206035, indicating they were the same vessel and suggested the owner was trying to evade Iranian oil sanctions. The vessel is owned by Kunlun Holdings based in Shanghai and with an office in Singapore.
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