When a flag is more than just a symbol: African flags being used to deceive authorities


… Tanzanian registry had removed four flag-hopping tankers in the past after letters from the  US-based NGO United Against Nuclear Iran showed satellite imagery of tankers undertaking ship-to-ship transfers with Iranian-owned ships. Cameroon has launched an investigation and asked for assistance from the US and the EU to verify the origin of the tankers flying the East African country’s flag. Satellite images obtained by United Against Nuclear Iran revealed that VLCC Roza, a crude oil tanker in Cameroon received a cargo of Iranian oil from another tanker in the waters of Jask, Iran.