Iranian Tanker Shenanigans. An Amazing Story of Hide and Seek!
The seemingly never-ending tensions within the Middle-east and surrounding trading partners often provide the basis for tales of misadventure and woe like those crafted for Hollywood thrillers.
Putting aside the often gruesome and heart-breaking humanitarian impacts of continued conflict, the global oil-trade, coupled with constantly moving trade sanctions and geo-political maneuvering, make for an environment where nation-states, armed militias and secretive corporate enterprises continually probe the boundaries of law, ethics and logic in the pursuit of profit.
Given the opportunity for financial benefit, and the oil-freighting industry’s reputation for ‘less-than-supportive’ employee treatment, the incentive to push legal boundaries is evident for all to see.
This is an amazing story of a mega-tanker which managed to ‘disappear’ within the globally critical Straits of Hormuz region while embroiled in trade sanctions, legal orders and alleged crew abuse. Iran’s regime is front and centre of this story, with global trade-sanction, agents, sub-agents and the US government all playing their part in this fascinating story by Seth Frantzman of the Jurusalem Post. Read more…………..
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