“Ignazio Messina Lines is reportedly interested in exploring new ties with Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines.” (Maritime Executive, “ Italian Maritime Companies Forge New Iran Connections, 1/27/2016).
Ignazio Messina’s website reports that vessels Jolly Cobalto, Jolly Titanio, Jolly Vanadio, and Jolly Palladio are scheduled to dock in Iran’s Bandar Abbas port in 2016. (Ignazio Messina Website, “Ports”).
“The legal representative of the Genovese shipping company Ignazio Messina & Co. Spa was acquitted of the accusation that it violated the 2009 legislative decree that implemented the international community’s embargo against Iran. The Genovese shipping company’s ship ‘Jolly Oro’ was intercepted by the Customs Agency with 80 drums of triethanolamine, a chemical substance that was loaded in Iran and was headed for Lebanon. The substance, which was seized and thereby the cause of criminal proceedings, is defined as a ‘dual use’ substance: it is able to be utilized both for peaceful use for the cosmetics industry, but also as a precursor for chemical weapons.” (Il Giornale, “Jolly Oro and Embargo against Iran, Paolo Messina Acquitted,” 6/11/13 -- Translated)
Operates as a liner in Iranian ports. (Ports and Maritime Organization: Shipping Lines which operating in Iranian Ports)
Uses Tidewater Middle East Co.’s private terminals in the Shahid Rajaee Port Complex. (Tidewater: Reflection of Tomorrow)
On June 23, 2011, the U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned Tidewater Middle East Co. (“Tidewater”), Iran’s major port operator, because the IRGC owns it and uses it for illicit activities including weapons shipments. (U.S. Department of the Treasury Press Center, “Treasury Sanctions Major Iranian Commercial Entities,” 6/23/11) The EU followed with its own sanctions against Tidewater on January 23, 2012. (Official Journal or the European Union: Council Decision 2012/35/CFSP)