Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL)

Also Known As: 

Islamic Republic or Iran Shipping Lines
IRI Shipping Lines
ARYA Shipping Company
Iranian Commercial Shipping
I.R.I. Shipping Company
Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Co.
I.R.I. Shipping Lines

Weapon Program: 

  • Military


- No. 37, Aseman Tower, Sayyade Shirazee Square, Pasdaran Ave., Tehran, Iran
- P.O. Box 19395-1311, Tehran, Iran
- No. 37, Corner of 7th Narenjestan, Sayad Shirazi Square, After Noboyand Square, Pasdaran Ave., Tehran, Iran
- No. 37, Shahid saiad shirazi Sq., Pasdaran St., Tehran, Iran
- No. 675, Vali-Asr Sq., Tehran - Iran
- P.O. Box 15875 - 4646
- No. 675, Corner of Khosrow Khavar St., Vali-e-Asr Sq., Vali-e-Asr Ave., Tehran
- 675 Vali-e-Asr Ave., Vali-e-Asr Ave Square, Tehran, Iran


(98)-21-20100454-55 (Commercial Director), (98)-21-20100488-89 (Container Division (PCL)), (98)-21-20100483-84 (Liner Division (PJL)), (98)-21-20100462-64 (International Bulk Division (IBD)), (98)-21-20100456 (Agency Dept.), (98)-21-20100474-76 (Liner Division (PEL/PAL)), (98)-21-20100469-71 (Container Division (ECL)), (98)-21-20100460 (Regional Bulk Division (RBD)), (98)-21-20100466 (Chartering Dept.), (98)-21-20100480-81 (Container Logistics Dept.), (98)-21-23841, +98 - 21 - 8893801-20, (+98-21)8893801-10


(98)-21-20100452 (Commercial Director), (98)-21-20100485-87 (Container Division (PCL)), (98)-21-20100463 (International Bulk Division (IBD)), (98)-21-20100477-78 (Liner Division (PEL/PAL)), (98)-21-20100468 (Container Division (ECL)), (98)-21-20100461 (Regional Bulk Division (RBD)), (98)-21-20100465 (Chartering Dept.), (98)-21-20100479 (Container Logistics Dept.), (98)-21-22813869, +98 - 21 - 837555

E-Mail: (Commercial Director) (Liner Division (PJL)) (Container Division (PCL), North and Southeast Asia) (International Bulk Division (IBD)) (International Bulk Division (IBD)) (Agency Dept.) (Liner Division (PEL/PAL)) (Container Division (ECL), North Continents) (Regional Bulk Division (RBD)) (Regional Bulk Division (RBD)) (Chartering Dept.) (Container Logistics Dept.)

Entity Web Site:

Iran's national maritime carrier; has transported prohibited military-related cargo and facilitated shipments destined for Iran's Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL) and MODAFL subordinates.

Targeted by a Temporary Denial Order (TDO), issued by the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), U.S. Department of Commerce on January 22, 2009, along with Tadbir Sanaat Sharif Technology Development Center (TSS) in Iran and Icarus Marine (Pty) Ltd. in South Africa, in connection with evidence that the denied parties were about to re-export a high-performance powerboat, with U.S.-origin components, to TSS for intended use by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) navy.

Has provided logistical services to MODAFL and to its subordinate entities for the transport of military-related cargo; facilitated the transport of cargo for U.N.- and U.S.-designated proliferators, falsified documents, used generic language to evade shipping authorities, and employed cover entities to conduct official business; sought to evade sanctions by transferring nominal ownership of vessels to Starry Shine and other co-located entities (including Top Glacier Company Limited, Top Prestige Trading Limited, and Ideal Success Investments Limited) while continuing to manage and operate the ships; in 2009, handed over its container shipping services to Hafiz Darya Shipping Lines (HDS Lines); in 2007, transported a shipment of a precursor chemical destined for use at Parchin Chemical Industries in Iran's missile program.

Main shipping activities are container transportation, bulk and general cargo transportation, shipping services in the Caspian Sea, ship management, cargo and passenger transportation, and maritime insurance services.

Owns or controls the following companies:

Bushehr Shipping Company Limited (Iran)
Hafiz Darya Shipping Lines (Iran) (HDLS)
Hanseatic Trade Trust & Shipping (HTTS) GmbH (Germany)
Irano Misr Shipping Company (Iran)
Irinvestship Ltd (United Kingdom)
IRISL (Malta) Ltd
IRISL Club (Iran)
IRISL Europe GmbH (Hamburg)
IRISL Marine Services and Engineering Company (Iran)
IRISL Multimodal Transport Company (Iran) 
IRITAL Shipping SRL (Italy)
ISI Maritime Limited (Malta)
Khazer Shipping Lines (Bandar Anzali) (Iran)
Leading Maritime Pte Ltd (Asia Marine Network Pte. Ltd.) (Singapore)
Marble Shipping Limited (Malta)
Safiran Payam Darya (SAPID) Shipping Company (Sapid Shipping Co) (Iran)
Santexlines (IRISL China Shipping Co., Ltd.) (China)
Shipping Computer Services Company (SCSCOL) (Iran)
CISCO Shipping Company (South Korea)
Soroush Saramin Astair (SSA) (Iran)
South Way Shipping Agency Co. Ltd (Iran) (South Shipping Line Iran)
Valfajr 8th Shipping Line Co. (Iran)
Darya Capital Administration GMBH (Germany)
Nari Shipping and Chartering GmbH & Co. KG (Germany)
Ocean Capital Administration GmbH (Germany)
First Ocean Administration GmbH (Germany)
Second Ocean Administration GmbH (Germany)
Third Ocean Administration GmbH (Germany)
Fourth Ocean Administration GmbH (Germany)
Fifth Ocean Administration GmbH (Germany)
Sixth Ocean Administration GmbH (Germany)
Seventh Ocean Administration GmbH (Germany)
Eighth Ocean Administration GmbH (Germany)
Ninth Ocean Administration GmbH (Germany)
Tenth Ocean Administration GmbH (Germany)
Eleventh Ocean Administration GmbH (Germany)
Twelfth Ocean Administration GmbH (Germany)
Thirteenth Ocean Administration GmbH (Germany)
Fourteenth Ocean Administration GmbH (Germany)
Fifteenth Ocean Administration GmbH (Germany)
Sixteenth Ocean Administration GmbH (Germany)
Kerman Shipping Company Ltd (Malta)
Woking Shipping Investments (Malta)
Lancelin Shipping Company Ltd (Cyprus)
Ashtead Shipping Company (Isle of Man)
Byfleet Shipping Company Ltd (Isle of Man)
Cobham Shipping Company Ltd (Isle of Man)
Dorking Shipping Company (Isle of Man)
Effingham Shipping Company Ltd (Isle of Man)
Farnham Shipping Company Ltd (Isle of Man)
Gomshall Shipping Company Ltd (Isle of Man)
Horsham Shipping Company Ltd (Isle of Man)
IRISL Maritime Training Institute (Iran)
Kheibar Co. (Iran)
Kish Shipping Line Manning Co. (Iran)
Diamond Shipping Services (DDS) (Egypt)
Good Luck Shipping Company (United Arab Emirates)
Ocean Express Agencies Private Limited (Pakistan)
Universal Transportation Limitation Utl (Thailand)
Acena Shipping Company Limited (Cypress)
Alpha Kara Navigation Limited (Malta)
Alpha Nari Navigation Limited (Malta)
Aspasis Marine Corporation (United Arab Emirates)
Avrasya Container Shipping Lines
Azores Shipping Company (United Arab Emirates)
Beta Kara Navigation (Malta)
Bis Maritime Limited (Barbados)
Brait Holding SA (Marshall Islands)
Bright Jyoti Shipping (Cyprus)
Bright Ship FZC (United Arab Emirates)
Bright-Nord GmbH und Co. KG (Germany)
Chaplet Shipping Limited (Malta)
Cosy-East GmbH und Co. KG (Germany)
Crystal Shipping FZE (United Arab Emirates)
Damalis Marine Corporation (Panama)
Delta Kara Navigation Ltd (Malta)
Delta Nari Navigation Ltd (Malta)
Elbrus Ltd (Isle of Man)
Elcho Holding Ltd (Marshall Islands)
Elegant Target Development Limited (Hong Kong)
Epsilon Nari Navigation Ltd (Malta)
Eta Nari Navigation Ltd. (Malta)
Eternal Expert Ltd. (Hong Kong)
Fairway Shipping Limited (United Kingdom)
Fasirus Marine Corporation (Barbados)
Galliot Maritime Incorporation (Barbados)
Gamma Kara Navigation Ltd (Malta)
Giant King Limited (Hong Kong)
Golden Charter Development Ltd (Hong Kong)
Golden Summit Investments Ltd. (Hong Kong)
Golden Wagon Development Ltd. (Hong Kong)
Grand Trinity Ltd. (Hong Kong)
Great Equity Investments Ltd. (Hong Kong)
Great Prospect Internatioal Ltd. (Hong Kong)
Great West GmbH und Co. KG (Germany)
Happy-Süd GmbH und Co. KG (Germany)
Harvest Supreme Ltd. (Hong Kong)
Hazaru Shipping
Heliotrope Shipping Limited (Malta)
Helix Shipping Limited (Malta)
Hong Tu Logistics Private Limited (Singapore)
Ifold Shipping Company Limited (Malta)
Indus Maritime Incorporation (Panama)
Iota Nari Navigation Limited (Malta)
ISIM Amin Limited (Malta)
Isim Atr Limited (Malta)
Isim Olive Limited (Malta)
Isim Sat Limited (Malta)
ISIM Sea Chariot Ltd (Malta)
ISIM Sea Crescent Ltd (Malta)
ISIM Sinin Limited (Malta)
ISIM Taj Mahal Ltd (Malta)
Isim Tour Company Limited (Malta)
Jackman Shipping Company (Malta)
Kalan Kish Shipping Company Ltd
Kappa Nari Navigation Ltd (Malta)
Kaveri Maritime Incorporation (Panama)
Kaveri Shipping Llc
Key Charter Development Ltd. (Hong Kong)
King Prosper Investments Ltd. (Hong Kong)
Kingswood Shipping Company Limited (Malta)
Lambda Nari Navigation Limited (Malta)
Lancing Shipping Company Limited (Malta)
Magna Carta Limited
Malship Shipping Agency (Malta)
Master Supreme International Ltd. (Hong Kong)
Melodious Maritime Incorporation (Panama)
Metro Supreme International Ltd. (Hong Kong)
Midhurst Shipping Company Limited (Malta)
Modality Ltd. (Malta)
Modern Elegant Development Ltd. (Hong Kong)
Mount Everest Maritime Inc. (Panama)
Narmada Shipping (United Arab Emirates)
Newhaven Shipping Company Limited
NHL Basic Ltd. (Germany)
NHL Nordland GmbH (Germany)
Oxted Shipping Company Limited (Malta)
Pacific Shipping (United Arab Emirates)
Petworth Shipping Company Limited (Malta)
Prosper Basic GmbH (Hong Kong)
Prosper Metro Investments (Hong Kong)
Reigate Shipping Company Limited (Malta)
Rishi Maritime Incorporation (Iran)
Seibow Logistics Limited (Hong Kong)
Shine Star Limited
Silver Universe Ltd. (Hong Kong)
Sinose Maritime Pte. Ltd. (Singapore) 
Sparkle Brilliant Development Limited (Hong Kong)
Statira Maritime Incorporation (Panama)
Tamalaris Consolidated Ltd (British Virgin Islands)
TEU Feeder Limited (Malta)
Theta Nari Navigation (Malta)
Top Glacier Company Limited
Top Prestige Trading Limited
Tulip Shipping Inc.
Western Surge Shipping Company Ltd (Cyprus)
Zeta Nari Navigation (Malta)

Has been affiliated with Bank Tejarat; jointly established the Pars Petrochemical Shipping Company (PPSC) with the National Iranian Tanker Co. (NITC) and Iran Petrochemical Company (IPC).

Affiliated with the following vessels:

Hormuz (IMO: 7904580; Flag: Iran)
Sarina (IMO: 8203608; Flag: Iran)
Sabrina (IMO: 8215742; Flag: Iran)
Iran Hormuz 22 (IMO: 8314275; Flag: Iran)
Iran Shalak (IMO: 8319940; Flag: Iran)
Iran Youshat (IMO: 8319952; Flag: Iran)
Naghmeh (IMO: 8320145; Flag: Iran)
Ronak (IMO: 8320157; Flag: Iran)
Tabandeh (IMO: 8320171; Flag: Iran)
Iran Parak (IMO: 8322064; Flag: Iran)
Iran Charak (IMO: 8322076; Flag: Iran)
Iran Hormuz 25 (IMO: 8422072; Flag: Iran)
Dorita (IMO: 8605234; Flag: Iran)
Kasma (IMO: 8721351; Flag: Iran)
Iran Shalamcheh (IMO: 8820925; Flag: Iran)
AAJ (IMO: 8984484; Flag: Iran)
Iran Hormuz 12 (IMO: 9005596; Flag: Iran)
Vista (IMO: 9010711; Flag: Iran)
Viana (IMO: 9010723; Flag: Iran)
Iran Hormuz 14 (IMO: 9020778; Flag: Iran)
Hamd (IMO: 9036052; Flag: Iran)
Sobhan (IMO: 9036935; Flag: Iran)
Sattar (IMO: 9040479; Flag: Togo)
Abba (IMO: 9051624; Flag: Iran)
Behdad (IMO: 9051636; Flag: Iran)
Parshan (IMO: 9051648; Flag: Iran)
Negeen (IMO: 9071519; Flag: Iran)
Attar (IMO: 9074092; Flag: Iran)
Parin (IMO: 9076478; Flag: Iran)
Teen (IMO: 9101649: Flag: Togo)
Firouzeh (IMO: 9103099; Flag: Iran)
Parand (IMO: 9118551; Flag: Iran)
Patris (IMO: 9137210; Flag: Iran)
Nardis (IMO: 9137246; Flag: Iran)
Kados (IMO: 9137258; Flag: Iran)
Zomoroud (IMO: 9138044; Flag: Iran)
Brelyan (IMO: 9138056; Flag: Iran)
Alvan (IMO: 9165798; Flag: Iran)
Aysan (IMO: 9165803; Flag: Iran)
Golsan (IMO: 9165815; Flag: Iran)
Elyana (IMO: 9165827; Flag: Iran)
Neshat (IMO: 9167277; Flag: Iran)
Iran Shahed (IMO: 9184691; Flag; Iran)
Pendar (IMO: 9209324; Flag: Iran)
Sana (IMO: 9209336; Flag: Iran)
Shiba (IMO: 9270646; Flag: Iran)
Shamim (IMO: 9270658; Flag: Iran)
Azad (IMO: 9270684; Flag: Iran)
Iran Kashan (IMO: 9270696; Flag: Iran)
Azargoun (IMO: 9283019; Flag: Iran)
Golbon (IMO: 9283033; Flag: Iran)
Touska (IMO: 9328900; Flag: Iran)
Shabgoun (IMO: 9346524; Flag: Iran)
Basht (IMO: 9346536; Flag: Iran)
Behnavaz (IMO: 9346548; Flag: Iran)
Shahraz (IMO: 9349576; Flag: Iran)
Behta (IMO: 9349590; Flag: Iran)
Sarir (IMO: 9368003; Flag: Iran)
Somia (IMO: 9368015; Flag: Iran)
Aries (IMO: 9369722: Flag: Iran)
Abtin 1 (IMO: 9379636; Flag: Iran)
Bavand (IMO: 9387798; Flag: Iran)
Baskar (IMO: 9405942; Flag: Iran)
Bahjat (IMO: 9405954; Flag: Iran)
Shayan 1 (IMO: 9420356; Flag: Iran)
Taban 1 (IMO: 9420368; Flag: Iran)
Yaran (IMO: 9420370; Flag: Iran)
Daryabord (IMO: 9422366; Flag: Iran)
Parisan (IMO: 9465851; Flag: Iran)

Has had offices in Germany (Hamburg), United Kingdom (London), Italy (Milan), Belgium (Antwerp), Singapore, China (Shanghai), South Korea (Seoul), Japan (Tokyo), Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates (Dubai), Libya (Tripoli), and South Africa (Durban).

Managing director is Mohammad Saeidi; officials have also included Mohammad Hussein Dajmar (chairman and managing director), Mohammad Sadeq Mofatteh, and Seyyed Alireza Mirmohammad Sadeqi; IMO number is 0095998; established in 1967.


As part of the re-imposition of U.S. sanctions on Iran, added on November 5, 2018 to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list maintained by the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), freezing its assets under U.S. jurisdiction and prohibiting transactions with U.S. parties, pursuant to Executive Order 13599, which targets entities controlled by the Government of Iran and Iranian financial institutions; also designated pursuant to the IranFreedom and Counter-Proliferation Act; foreign parties facilitating transactions for the entity or otherwise assisting the entity are subject to U.S. sanctions.

Previously added to the SDN list on September 10, 2008, pursuant to Executive Order 13382, which targets proliferators of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems; removed from the SDN list in January 2016 as part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Named in U.N. Security Council resolution 1803 of March 3, 2008, as a company for which cargo to and from Iran aboard vessels it owns or operates should be inspected by all states, provided there are reasonable grounds to believe that such vessels are transporting prohibited goods; named in U.N. Security Council resolution 1929 of June 9, 2010, which requested that member states communicate information on the transfer of vessels owned or operated by IRISL to other companies, and other activity that may have been undertaken in order to evade sanctions, including the renaming and re-registering of vessels; provisions of resolutions 1803 and 1929, terminated in January 2016 by U.N. Security Council resolution 2231.

Listed by the European Union on August 8, 2008, pursuant to U.N. Security Council resolution 1803; removed from the E.U. list in January 2016 as part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Listed by the British government in 2015 (along with all subsidiaries) as an entity of potential concern for WMD-related procurement, but removed in 2017 after the U.K. withdrew its Iran list.

Date Entered: 

February 5, 2009

Date Last Modified: 

December 10, 2018