The current trade sanctions against Iranian crude oil and the ban against insuring ships, not just from the EU but internationally, sailing with Iranian crude oil, requires a lot of work from the shipping companies. Both when sorting out the exact rules of the sanctions, and in making sure that their partners - as well as themselves - are complying with the rules of the sanctions. Front office director of Bimco, Nicholas Mahony, estimates that the sanctions have not necessarily become stricter these past years, but that there is an increased focus on spotting those who fail to comply.
“There is an increased focus on the sanctions today, which is putting pressure on the shipping companies. It has been made politically evident that players can be made to comply with the sanctions, which makes the sanctions serve their purpose. Before, sanctions could be active for decades without anyone bothering to find out how to comply with them. Now the controlling of the enforcement of sanctions has been increased, and we believe it will become even more controlled in the future,” says Nicholas Mahony.