UANI Applauds Reported Action by Tanzania to end Ties with Philtex Corporation

August 6, 2013 12:23 am0 comments by:

On Monday, United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) applauded the government of Tanzania for announcing that it will break its contract with the Philtex corporation. Philtex, based in the UAE and run by American Chris E. Warren, has been improperly registering Iranian vessels under the Tanzanian flag, while operating the Tanzania Zanzibar International Register of Shipping.

UANI has been raising this issue with the Tanzanian government since 2012. Last November, UANI asked Tanzania’s President, Jakaya Kikwete, to investigate Philtex’s activities [see UANI lettershere and here], and act diligently and swiftly to stop Iranian vessels from continuing to sail the seas under the Tanzanian flag.

Said UANI CEO, Ambassador Mark D. Wallace:

We applaud the government of Tanzania for announcing this action. Philtex has been acting illicitly in Tanzania, and misusing the Tanzanian flag to help the Iranian regime skirt international sanctions. We urge the government of Tanzania to follow through on this pledge immediately, and see to it that no more Iranian vessels travel the oceans flying the Tanzanian flag.

We also call on the U.S. government to pursue sanctions against Philtex, particularly given its U.S. leadership and offices. As a company that is earning profits by aiding the Iranian regime and duping the international community, Philtex must face crippling economic and criminal penalties.

UANI data from last month indicated 32 National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) tankers still signaling Tanzanian flags, including the NITC’s newest and most capable Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs).

Philtex also operates a Philippines-based fraudulent maritime classification society, misleadingly called the “American Register of Shipping,” that is known to provide false documentation to allow Iranian vessels to continue to operate. UANI further detailed the Iran and Philtex-operated sanctions fraud in a February 1, 2013 campaign, and released excerpts from a December 2012 screed sent to UANI from Philtex Director of Operations Jocelyn Acosta.

Click here to read UANI’s November 21, 2012 letter to Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete.
Click here to read UANI’s November 27, 2012 letter to President Kikwete.
Click here to read UANI’s November 30, 2012 letter to Philtex.
Click here to read UANI’s February 1, 2013 letter to Tanzania, Fujairah, Dubai, the Philippines, and the U.S., and UANI’s exhibits.

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