Notice to Shipowners, Ship Operators, Managers, Masters, Owners’ Representatives and Recognised Organisations by the Merchant Shipping Directorate.

The Merchant Shipping Directorate would like to remind all those concerned that Merchant Shipping Notices No 74, 75,86 and 97 dealing with the restrictive measures against the Islamic Republic of Iran are still in force and must be complied with at all times.

Moreover, attention is drawn to Council Decision 2012/635/CFSP of 15 October 2012 amending Decision 2010/413/CFSP concerning restrictive measures against Iran. The attention of the shipping community is drawn in particular, to additional prohibitions involving the import, purchase or transport of Iranian natural gas. Furthermore the sale, supply or transfer to Iran of graphite, raw or semi-finished metals, software for integrated industrial processes or of key-naval equipment and technology for shipbuilding, maintenance or refit to Iran or Iranian or Iranian owned companies engaged in the sector are also prohibited.

Furthermore, the provision of flagging and classification services, the supply of vessels designed for the transport or storage of oil and petrochemical products to Iranian persons, entities or bodies and for the transport or storage of Iranian oil and petrochemical products are also prohibited.

To this effect, companies established in Malta or operating Maltese ships are required to abide by these restrictive measures when planning their operations and, to extend their full cooperation for their enforcement. Moreover, the shipping community is reminded that without prejudice to the penalties for violations contemplated in Legal Notice 372 of 2010, the use of Maltese ships in contravention to the restrictive measures may lead to closure of registry.

The electronic version of the abovementioned Council Decision can be downloaded from:

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