It comes as a surprise to Dan-Bunkering and its owner, Bunker Holding, that the companies have been charged in the Syria complex. The companies reject the charges and are puzzled that no authorities sounded the alarms during the process.
A US court has ruled that a Turkish shipowner will forfeit more than USD 11 million for having violated US and European sanctions against Syria. The case is part of a complex in which the US is trying to tighten the net on a network of Russians and Syrians.
The US wants to confiscate USD 20 million from a Turkish shipowner. According to the US, the company is part of an illegal network that has sailed oil products to Syria, breaching international sanctions. The case is an offshoot of a larger effort focused on the network.
The US on Monday imposed new sanctions against Turkey. According to President Donald Trump, tariffs on Turkish steel will be raised to 50 percent, a move that comes in response to Turkey's offensive in northern Syria.
According to Danish news media DR's sources, preliminary police charges have been filed against two companies and two individuals for violating EU sanctions against Syria. One of the companies is protected by court-ordered anonymity.
Danish Defense has discussed the Syria case with its major supplier Unioil and its owner, Bunker Holding, in physical meetings as well as in writing. The Defense is interested in the case because Unioil has the same owner as Dan-Bunkering. "The dialog has been – and is – continuous," says the Defense in a comment.
Shipping companies should keep an eye out for four red flags, which increase the risk of breaching sanctions against North Korea, Iran and Syria. The US is keeping a close eye on shipping, lawyer tells ShippingWatch.