Saturday, January 26, 2013

Iranian Cargo Ship Back Home After Breaking Detention in Sri Lanka

The Iranian-flagged cargo ship MV Amina that fled Sri Lankan waters after weeks of detention has arrived back in Iran on Friday, according to ship-tracking data published by Reuters. (Reuters, 26 January)

The Sri Lankan navy fired warning shots in early January to prevent the MV Amina from leaving its waters, acting on a court order obtained by Germany's DVB Bank reportedly for unpaid debts.
The Amina, formerly called Shere, is managed by Rahbaran Omid Darya Ship Management, under sanctions by the EU and U.S. as a front for Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL), Iran's state-run cargo carrier.

After sailing out of Sri Lankan waters, the Amina vanished from ship-tracking systems off the southwest coast of India. It arrived back in the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas on Friday. It has dropped anchor near two other ships that DVB Bank has previously tried to seize, the Tongham and Artin. The Artin, previously called Vobster, sailed away from Qinhuangdao in early November, arriving back in Iran in mid-December. (Reuters, 26 January)

IRISL has tried to dodge sanctions by changing its flags, ship names, and setting up front companies.

File photo: An IRISL cargo ship (IRISL)


Mark Pyruz said...

Persons not vessels are subject to arrest. Vessels are subject to detention.

Anonymous said...

well, Yossarian, got anything to say or are you gonna duck out?

Anonymous said...

The sailors were indians