Korean Register Asked to Halt Iranian Ship Certifications

Press Release
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

UANI calls on the Korean Register of Shipping to stop certifying IRISL vessels and Iranian oil tankers

United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) calls on the Korean Register of Shipping (KRS) to stop certifying Iranian shipping vessels, specifically those of the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) and National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC).

Reportedly, KRS is the one and only classification societies in the world that continues to provide Iranian vessels with safety certificates. The prominent European shipping services Bureau Veritas and Germanischer Lloyd recently stopped certifying Iranian vessels in response to UANI.

In a June 25 letter to Oh Kong-gyun, KRS Chairman & CEO, UANI CEO, Ambassador Mark D. Wallace, explained how KRS’s activities help Iran circumvent multilateral sanctions, and violate sanctions imposed by the Republic of Korea:

The lettter adds that KRS’s irresponsible decision to provide certification services at a time when responsible businesses are leaving Iran undermines the efforts of the international community to isolate the Iranian regime and directly aids IRISL’s deceptive and illegal activities.



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