An international shipping company has stopped an illegal transfer of Iranian crude oil, according to information obtained by the freebeacon website. “Iran is believed to have loaded a tanker with petroleum products from its Tombak Port before sending it to perform a ship-to-ship transfer with a Danish vessel operated by Celsius Shipping, which is partnered with the Singapore-based Maersk Tankers,” the report said.
“United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI), a watchdog group that monitors Tehran’s movements at sea, alerted Celsius and its partner mid-transfer that the other vessel, the Ocean Schooner, likely contained Iran’s heavily sanctioned crude oil.”
UANI found out that the Ocean Schooner was docked in Iran at the beginning of December. It immediately sent a letter to the management of Celsius with detailed information on the movements of the ship and the connection to Iran. At that time, the Ocean Schooner was involved in a ship-to-ship transfer at sea with the Celsius Everett, according to information provided to the Free Beacon.
It was discovered, as in similar cases, that the Schooner disabled its tracking devices when it was docked at the Iranian port. After Celsius was warned by UANI that the company could be in violation of American sanctions, Celsius immediately stopped the transfer.