"So despite concerns over regulation and reputation, that opportunity explains the caravan of container carriers that started resuming service to Iran back in January. The Iranian port at Bandar Abbas now welcomes ships from Evergreen, Hyundai, OOCL, Hanjin, “K” Line, KMTC, X-Press, Yang Ming, and many more..." (Global Trade, "Transportation/Logistics:Iran is Back Open for Business," 11/1/2016).
K-Line has multiple European and American subsidiaries, including K-Line America and K-Line Europe. (K-Line: About Us)
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)
Listed by the Iranian Ports and Maritime Organization as doing business with the Iranian Jet Marin Servis. (Ports & Maritime Organization: Companies Affairs Department: Liners)
Response: "...we confirm that KLINE consider their corporate responsibility and compliance with international laws and regulations." (June 2017)