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LISCR Says It Annulled Several US Sanctioned Shipping Entities In Liberia

As part of its on-going investigation into individuals and shipping entities which are under U.S. Department of the Treasury sanction regimes and last reported as operating in Liberia, the Liberia International Ship and Corporate Registry (LISCR) says some of the named entities have been annulled.

The Liberian Registry is comprised of 4,330+ vessels aggregating over 160 million gross tons, representing 11 percent of the world’s ocean going fleet. The Liberian Registry is administered by the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR, LLC), a private U.S. owned and globally operated company.

West African Journal Magazine, in a query to the LISCR, requested explanation on the use of their corporate office at 80 Broad Street, Monrovia as a mailing address by some of the individuals and entities.

In an emailed response, the LISCR stated that, “…The Liberian entities that you are referring to as being associated with 80 Broad Street were all annulled by the Registry in March 2013. Liberia worked in close cooperation with the US Treasury during that period.  These entities are currently listed on the SDN list, with their correct last known address being noted as “c/o  Libra Shipping SA, 3, Xanthou Street, Glyfada” (Greece).

The other entities named in your article (GOLDEN FISH LIBERIA LTD., DOLPHIN TRADING COMPANY LIMITED, SKY TRADE COMPANY) have not been established or incorporated with the Liberian International Ship and Corporate Registry. As such, there is no record of them in the Registry…” LISCR said.

The following shipping lines which are on the Liberian registry and list offices in Liberia are sanctioned because of their connection to the government of Iran which is under heavy economic sanctions by the U.S. Sanctions

GARBIN NAVIGATION LTD /IRAN

Care of Sambouk Shipping FCZ, Office 101 Fujairah    United Arab Emirates

1st Floor, FITCO Building No 3

Inside Fujairah Port, PO Box 50044

80 Broad Street Monrovia, Liberia 

 KONING MARINE CORP /IRAN

Care of Sambouk Shipping FCZ Fujairah    United Arab Emirates

Office 101, 1st Floor

FITCO Building No 3, Inside Fujairah Port, PO Box 50044

80 Broad Street   Monrovia, Liberia 

BLUE TANKER SHIPPING SA /IRAN

Care of Sambouk Shipping FCZ Fujairah    United Arab Emirates

Office 101, 1st Floor

FITCO Building No 3, Inside Fujairah Port, PO Box 50044

Majuro MH   Marshall Islands and Liberia  

 JUPITER SEAWAYS SHIPPING /IRAN

Care of Sambouk Shipping FCZ  Fujairah    United Arab Emirates

Office 101, 1st Floor

FITCO Building No 3, Inside Fujairah Port, PO Box 50044

80 Broad Street Monrovia, Liberia

 HERCULES INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING

Care of Sambouk Shipping FCZ Fujairah    United Arab Emirates

Office 101, 1st Floor

FITCO Building No 3, Inside Fujairah Port, PO Box 50044

80 Broad Street Monrovia, Liberia (Subject to Secondary Sanctions)

 HERMIS SHIPPING SA /IRAN

Care of Sambouk Shipping FCZ Fujairah    United Arab Emirates

Office 101, 1st Floor

FITCO Building No 3, Inside Fujairah Port, PO Box 50044

Panama City, Panama

Monrovia   Liberia (Subject to Secondary Sanctions)

 The following shipping lines registered under the Liberian flag, with offices in Liberia and connected to Iran are sanctioned under the designation of Specially Designated National Global Terrorism (SDGT):

GOLDEN FISH LIBERIA LTD.

2nd Street Sinkor and Logan Town, Monrovia, Montserrado County, Liberia (Subject to Secondary Sanctions Pursuant to the Hizballah Financial Sanctions Regulations)

This business is linked to one Ali Muhammad Qansu, a Lebanese born national who is linked to another Lebanese national Adham Husayn Tabaja who has ties to 13 iterations of Hizballah in Syria and Iraq. The U.S. Government has also designated and sanctioned Ali Muhammad Qansu, Adham Husayn Tabaj and Hizballah. The group Hizballah is listed as a terror organization by the U.S. Government.

 DOLPHIN TRADING COMPANY LIMITED

Bob Taylor Road Monrovia and Paynesville, Liberia linked to Ali Muhammad Qansu and subject to Secondary Sanctions Pursuant to the Hizballah Financial Sanctions Regulations.

SKY TRADE COMPANY

Logan Town, Opposite Rice Store Entity Monrovia, Liberia linked to Ali Muhammad Qansu and subject to Secondary Sanctions Pursuant to the Hizballah Financial Sanctions Regulations.

Information on the recently website of the Office of Foreign Asset Control of the U.S. Department of the Treasury in Washington DC, showed several shipping individuals and shipping lines in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Cote d’Ivoire included on the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List (SDN) and the Specially Designated Nationals For Global Terrorism (SDGT) sanction lists.

By Emmanuel Abalo

West African Journal Magazine