Two Ships Illegally Carrying Iraqi Oil Products Diverted

Friday, October 15, 1999
Multinational forces have diverted two ships, allegedly carrying petroleum products illegally out of Iraq, to the United Arab Emirates, a U.S. navy official said. U.S. Coast Guard Commander Don Bunn said that Navy Seals boarded the vessels Jinan and Milad 1 in the Gulf on Oct. 12 and diverted them to the Abu Dhabi emirate in the UAE. He said the ships had refused to follow directions issued to facilitate inspections ensuring compliance with U.N. sanctions. "Petroleum products were on both of them, illegally taken out of Iraq," Bunn said. Last week, Iraq accused United States forces of piracy and said U.S. Marines dropped onto the ships by helicopter and attacked the crew. U.S. and allied forces, which launched the 1991 Gulf War against Iraq, patrol the Gulf to ensure U.N. trade sanctions imposed on Baghdad for the invasion of Kuwait are implemented. The stringent sanctions ban Iraq from exporting its oil and other commodities and prevent imports of non-humanitarian goods. Since 1996 the United Nations has allowed Iraq to sell limited quantities of oil to buy food and medicine for its population. Bunn said there had been a recent increase in violations of trade sanctions by vessels, mostly carrying oil. "Economics would certainly be one consideration," Bunn said. "If you look at (the rise in) oil prices...there is an incentive to sell oil, cover expenses and still make a profit." He said that, so far this year, multinational forces had queried 2,022 ships, boarded 590 and diverted seven, including the Jinan and Milad 1.

Maritime Today


The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter May 2016 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Legal

STX Shipbuilding Likely to Enter Court-lead Restructuring

South Korean shipbuilder STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co Ltd will likely need to enter court-supervised receivership due to financial difficulties, the firm's lead

SOLAS Container Weight Requirements FAQ

With new rules regarding the declaration of the accurate gross mass of a packed containers due to enter force, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) answers

Primeline Turns Against CNOOC

Primeline Energy Holdings Inc. announces that it has sent a letter to China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) and CNOOC China Limited (CCL) (together CNOOC

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Ship Electronics Ship Repair Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.0603 sec (17 req/sec)