Epic saga of Iranian Arc 1 cargo sets final act in China
…Satellite imagery provided by US monitoring group United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) showed it engaging in an STS with Panama-flagged Phoenix I (IMO: 9236248). UANI captured an image of the vessels conducting a ship-to-ship transfer on August 25. Phoenix I is, inevitably, part of the significant subterfuge fleet of tankers still routinely engaged in such operations and has close ties to Arc 1. Phoenix I conducted multiple STS transfers with Comoros-flagged VLCC Roma (IMO: 9182291). One of these transfers occurred near Kukup Anchorage in Malaysia, less than a month after UANI data shows Roma loaded crude oil from Kharg Island.