Rogue Nations - Rogue Merchant Ships

Yokel

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EagleSpeak: Faking Ship Identities to Avoid Sanctions and More

Bloomberg reports here

The island nation of Palau says a tanker that recently loaded Venezuelan crude was using a false signal to disguise its identity, potentially putting the Pacific country in the crosshairs of U.S. sanctions.

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“It appears that this vessel is claiming to be registered with the Palau International Ship Registry. This claim is false,” Palau’s ministry of state said in the note to Venezuela’s foreign affairs ministry. “It therefore appears that the vessel is using a falsified AIS signal in order to mask its true identity.” The letter was delivered to several Venezuelan embassies, including the one in Tokyo, says Steven Kanai, a special assistant to Palau’s president on international maritime matters and foreign relations.

The tanker that loaded in Venezuela was using a practice known as “spoofing,” where vessels send a signal with another ship’s registration number under the maritime industry’s Automatic Identification System, according to London-based ship tracker Windward Ltd. If so, it would represent a new tactic in the cat-and-mouse maneuvers deployed by companies trading oil with Venezuela in defiance of U.S. sanctions.

Over the past six months, the names of 13 vessels that are registered as broken-up appeared in Venezuelan crude-loading programs seen by Bloomberg. The Ndros, though, was the only one among those names to appear off the coast of Venezuela by satellite signal.


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Yokel

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From the bottom of the article:

Gee, who would have guessed that Iran, the NORKS, and Venezuela would be involved in such antics?

Moscow and Beijing are in cahoots with Iran, North Korea, and Venezuela.
 

PhotEx

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From the bottom of the article:

Gee, who would have guessed that Iran, the NORKS, and Venezuela would be involved in such antics?

Moscow and Beijing are in cahoots with Iran, North Korea, and Venezuela.

Iran! Shocked! Shocked I tell you!

Whats that? Chevron used to use tankers registered in obscure pacific Islands, and crewed with non US crews to get round US sanction on Iran back in the day?

remember folks, it’s only sanctions busting when it’s not Uncle Sam doing it.
 

Yokel

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False flag operations?

a practice as old as shipping.

Yes, but this is an attempt to hide the ships' identities for nefarious purposes. I wonder about the legality of AIS spoofing as well.

Iran! Shocked! Shocked I tell you!

Whats that? Chevron used to use tankers registered in obscure pacific Islands, and crewed with non US crews to get round US sanction on Iran back in the day?

remember folks, it’s only sanctions busting when it’s not Uncle Sam doing it.

Why would the US Government want to bypass sanctions that they and only they had imposed in response to an attack on their embassy and diplomatic staff?

Rogue company? Part of the Iran Contras affair?
 

PhotEx

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Yes, but this is an attempt to hide the ships' identities for nefarious purposes. I wonder about the legality of AIS spoofing as well.
warships commonly pretend to be merchant ships

Why would the US Government want to bypass sanctions that they and only they had imposed in response to an attack on their embassy and diplomatic staff?

Rogue company? Part of the Iran Contras affair?

when the penny drops that Iran is a major oil exporter and no amount of Congressional hissy fits can change that commercial reality on the ground.... so everyone pretends they are sanctioning Iran and doesn’t look too closely.
And that’s even before we get to the kabuki theatre of Iran supplying oil Israel.

it’s a dirty business and everyones in on it,
 

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