UANI (United Against Nuclear Iran) calls on classification society Germanischer Lloyd to stop certifying IRISL Vessels and Iranian oil tankers
UANI points out that GL’s Iran business violates EU sanctions banning both transactions with IRISL and the provision of ancillary services, including certification services that facilitate Iran's global oil trade. According to data gathered by UANI, GL currently provides certification to several IRISL vessels, as well as to at least eight vessels of the regime’s primary oil shipper, NITC.
In a June 12 letter to GL Chairman of the Executive Board Erik van der Noordaa, UANI CEO, Ambassador Mark D. Wallace, explained how GL’s activities are in clear violation of EU sanctions imposed against IRISL and Iran's oil trade, and also could run afoul of U.S. law, given GL’s extensive contract work with the U.S. government
The letter adds that GL’s Iran business activities with IRISL also violate EU sanctions imposed in response to IRISL’s direct support of Iran’s ballistic missile and nuclear programs. According to data gathered by UANI, GL is currently providing services to several IRISL vessels.
UANI has highlighted the shipping industry as an area where the international community can further pressure Iran. On June 6, the French shipping service Bureau Veritas ended its certifying of Iranian vessels in response to UANI.
Click here to read UANI's letter to GL in full.