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Zanzibar misled into flagging Iran oil

ZANZIBAR, Tanzania — Zanzibar says it is in the process of de-registering 36 Iranian oil tankers that bear the flag of Tanzania after an investigation proved their true origins.

Zanzibar Vice President Seif Ali Iddi told the House of Representatives on Friday that his government would also terminate the contract of Philtex, a Dubai-based contracting agency that is accused of misleading the government.

Iddi said that Zanzibar’s maritime authority had made a mistake in registering the vessels and that the government should de-register them “to avoid international sanctions.”

The flag ruse appears to have been an effort by Iran, which is under pressure from the U.S. and its allies to halt its nuclear enrichment program, to avoid crippling international sanctions.

Zanzibar, a semi-autonomous region of Tanzania, had been under pressure from the international community to investigate the origins of the vessels.

 

Tanzania says shipping agent reflagged Iranian oil tankers without country’s knowledge, is now de-registering vessels.
Oil tanker [file] Photo: REUTERS

DAR ES SALAAM – Tanzania said a shipping agent based in Dubai had reflagged 36 Iranian oil tankers with the Tanzanian flag without the country’s knowledge and approval.

Tanzania said it was now in the process of de-registering the vessels after an investigation into the origin of the ships concluded they were originally from Iran.

Tanzania launched an investigation last month over accusations that it had reflagged oil tankers from Iran and asked the United States and European Union to help it verify the origin of the tankers flying the east African country’s flag.

A report with the investigation’s findings was discussed in the House of Representatives of Zanzibar, a semi-autonomous part of Tanzania late on Friday, and the minutes of that debate were seen by Reuters late on Saturday.

Reflagging ships masks their ownership, which could make it easier for Iran to obtain insurance and financing for the cargoes, as well as find buyers for the shipments without attracting attention from the United States and European Union.

The National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) changed the names and flags of many of its oil tankers ahead of the EU ban, part of sweeping economic measures aimed at pressuring Tehran to end its nuclear program.

The ships flying Tanzania’s flag were re-flagged by Zanzibar, which has claimed it was misled by its Dubai-based agent, Philtex, and would end its contract with that firm.

“The government has thoroughly investigated this issue and established that the Zanzibar Maritime Authority (ZMA) through our Dubai-based agent, Philtex, registered 36 Iranian crude oil tankers and containership vessels to fly the Tanzanian flag,” Zanzibar Vice President Seif Ali Iddi told the assembly.

“The Zanzibar government is in the process of de-registering the ships and also terminating its agency contract with Philtex after establishing the truth that these (Iranian) ships are flying the Tanzanian flag.”

Howard Berman, the ranking member of the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs, had accused Tanzania of reflagging at least six and possibly as many at 10 tankers, saying it was helping Iran evade US and European Union sanctions aimed at pressuring Tehran to curb its nuclear program.

He said Tanzania could face US sanctions for the practice.

Berman has also asked the small South Pacific island nation Tuvalu to stop reflagging Iranian oil tankers and warned its government of the risks of running afoul of US sanctions.
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Corporate Watch Revealed: the punishing reality of the coalition’s welfare reforms

stopping someone’s benefits after a perceived infringement of
the terms of their claim for between one week and six months

was afavourite policy of the previous government but figures revealed by CorporateWatch and the
Observer
today show the coalition, together with sub-
contracted private ‘provider’ companies, has
massively increased the amountof sanctions imposed.
Read a personal experience of being sanctioned here. 139,000 sanctions were handed out to Jobseeker s Allowance
1
claimants in 2009 butthis more than tripled to 508
,000 in 2011, the coalition’s first full calendar year in
government.
2
There was little change in the number of people signing on in thisperiod, meaning a much higher proportion of people have had their benefits cutunder the coalition.
3
In February 2011 for example, 1.44 million people were claimingJSA compared to 1.42 million in 2009. 51,000 sanctions were imposed in the former month, compared to 9,000 in the latter.Many of these sanctions are initially suggested
, or ‘referred’
, to the Department of Work and Pensions by the private companies the government has sub-contracted torun many of its welfare schemes, such as the flagship Work Programme, for peoplewho have been signing on for a year or more. DWP statistics, obtained by aCorporate Watch freedom of information request (download the disclosure
here
),show companies such as Serco, Seetec, Working Links and A4E have been evenmore eager to sanction people than the government


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