Wednesday, November 21, 2012

In Case You Missed It: Reuters Reports UANI's Successful Campaign Pressuring China Classification Society to Stop Certifying Iranian Vessels

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In Case You Missed It: Reuters Reports UANI's Successful Campaign Pressuring China Classification Society to Stop Certifying Iranian Vessels
All 13 International Classification Societies have Now Stopped Certifying Iranian Vessels


China ship firm ends Iran work as Tehran feels more heat

By Jonathan Saul
November 21, 2012

A Chinese firm has stopped verifying safety and environmental standards for Iranian ships, becoming the last top certification provider to end marine work there as the trade noose on Tehran tightens.

The China Classification Society (CCS) is the last of the world's top 13 such companies, all members of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS), to confirm it has ended Iran-related certification work, key to insurance and ports access for ships. ...

A letter seen by Reuters dated Nov. 15 showed Beijing-headquartered CCS had not provided certification services to Iranian ships since June 28. It had been urged to pull out by U.S. pressure group United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) and clarify its position.

"Currently there is not any ship flying an Iranian flag or owned by an Iranian ship owner in our fleet, and we have not conducted any statutory survey for any Iranian ship," CCS chairman and president Sun Licheng said in the letter to UANI dated Nov. 15.

An official with CCS's international department confirmed it had sent a letter to UANI chief executive Mark Wallace.

"Wallace sent us an email and we issued a reply to them on Nov. 15," the official told Reuters on Wednesday.

When asked why they had taken the decision, the official said: "It has been clearly explained in our letter," declining further comment. ...

A targeted campaign by UANI, which includes former U.S. ambassadors as well as former CIA and British intelligence chiefs on its board and is funded by private donations, has already led to other top classification societies exiting Iran.

Without certification from classification societies, vessels are unable to secure insurance cover or call at most international ports.

UANI's Wallace on Wednesday welcomed the move by CCS, but sought harsher measures being imposed on Iran's fleet.

"All of the world's major shipping certifiers have now ended their certification of Iranian vessels," said Wallace, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

"We call for even tougher sanctions: any vessel that docks in Iran or transports Iranian cargo should be barred from accessing ports in the U.S., EU, or elsewhere." ...

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