Singapore Threatens To Auction Off Chinese Tanker Violating Iran Sanctions

November 12, 2019

Author: 

Dalga Khatinoglu

Publication: 

Radio Farda

Related Country: 

  • China
  • Singapore

A Singapore court announced that a detained Chinese ship carrying Iranian liquid gas (LPG) will be sold at auction if the owner does not come forward within seven days. In July, Singapore seized and later released two oil tankers owned by the Chinese Kunlun Shipping Company that were carrying Iranian petroleum products. Originally called Gas Infinity and Gas Dragon, they have been renamed Echo Star and Nexo, respectively. Echo Star is under U.S. sanctions, but continued to transport Iranian LPG following its release. The tanker reappeared in mid-October with Iranian cargo in Singapore, where port authorities detained it once again. Nexo is currently idle in the Persian Gulf.