UN Security Council adds Tanzanian-flagged tanker into sanction list

CapricornThe United Nation Security Council Committee on Libya has added Tanzania-flagged tanker Capricorn to the UN sanction list, alleging that the product vessel was illegally exporting petroleum including gasoil and refined petroleum products

The UN mentioned that the sanction list will be valid from 21 July 2017, to 21 October 2017.

Built in 1989, Capricorn is an oil products vessel that is currently sailing under the flag of Tanzania. The tanker is of an overall length of 78m and beam of 15m, with gross deadweight tonnage of 4,400 tonnes.

Capricorn was listed in the UN sanction list on 21 July 2017, for allegedly illegally shipping gasoil. According to the UN, the Libyan government lodged complaint to the UN claiming that the product was illicitly exported from Libya. After the investigation was carried out, the UN found the tanker indulging in illicit activities, following the sanction from the international council.

In a statement, the UN stated that Capricorn will be prohibited to load, transport and discharge cargo. Also, the tanker will be barred from entering into any ports during the prohibited time.

The UN Security Council Sanction Committees monitor if a state or entity is complying with the objectives set by the Security Council. The sanctions applied by the council are used as an enforcement tool to maintain global peace and diplomacy. The range of sanctions enforced by the council includes comprehensive economic and trade sanctions, travel bans, financial or diplomatic restrictions, assets freeze and other measures. According to the UN, the universal character attempts to establish and monitor such measures.

Last year in April 2016, the UN blacklisted an Indian-flagged cargo Distya Ameya for illicit export of crude oil from Libya. However, the tanker was removed from the sanction list in May 2016.

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