UN Libya sanctions listing of vessel ‘Nadine’ expires

Ship2.jpgThe UN Security Council has announced that the Libya sanctions listing of the vessel named ‘Nadine’ expired yesterday (previous blog here). As a result, the vessel will no longer be subject to a UN port ban or a prohibition from loading, transporting or discharging petroleum (including crude oil and refined products) from Libya aboard the ship.

EU extends Libya sanctions against 3 people

Libya.jpgToday, the EU adopted Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/476, which extends for 6 months – until 2 October 2018 – its Libya sanctions in respect of 3 people: Agila Saleh Gwaider, Khalifa Ghwell, and Nuri Abu Sahmain. As a result, they will continue to be subject to EU-wide travel bans and asset freezing measures.

OFAC targets international Libyan-oil smuggling network

US Treasury Building.jpgPursuant to Executive Order 13726, OFAC has sanctioned 6 people, 24 entities and 7 vessels for “threatening the peace, security, or stability of Libya through the illicit production, refining, brokering, sale, purchase, or export of Libyan oil or for being owned or controlled by designated persons” (US travel restrictions and asset freezes imposed). See OFAC Notice and Treasury press release.

The 6-sanctioned individuals (Maltese nationals Darren Debono, Gordon Debono, Rodrick Grech and Terence Micallef, Libyan national Fahmi Ben Khalifa, and Egyptian-Maltese citizen Ahmed Ibrahim Hassan Arafa), were each designated for their involvement in the “smuggling of petroleum products from Libya to Europe”.

Of the 24-designated entities, 21 companies were sanctioned for being “owned or controlled” by Darren and Gordon Debono, whilst the remaining 3 entities were designated for being “involved in the illicit exploitation of crude oil or any other natural resources in Libya, including the illicit production, refining, brokering, sale, purchase, or export of Libyan oil”.

EU renews listing of vessel “Lynn S” under its Libya sanctions

In line with the UN Security Council (see here), the EU has renewed and amended the listing of vessel ‘Lynn S’ under its sanctions against Libya, which, among other things, prohibit certain vessels from loading, transporting, or discharging crude oil from Libya and accessing EU ports. The amendment changes the expiry date of the listing to 28 April 2018.

See Commission Implementing Regulation 2018/166, amending Council Regulation 2016/44, and Council Implementing Decision 2018/167, implementing Council Decision 2015/1333. UK OFSI Notice here.

EU renews Libya ship listing

vessel in oceanIn line with the UN Security Council (previous blog here), the EU has renewed and amended the listing of a vessel (named ‘Capricorn’) under its Libya sanctions list until 17 April 2018, see: Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/126 and Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/132. The vessel’s EU listing was previously renewed in October 2017 (previous blog here). UK OFSI Notice here.

On 10 February 2018, acting in line with the UN Security Council, the EU updated this vessel’s listing by changing (inter alia) its name from ‘Capricorn’ to ‘Nadine’, see Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/203 and Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/200. UK OFSI Notice here.

UN renews Libya ship designation

Oil tanker shipYesterday, the UN Security Council renewed the designation of a vessel named ‘Capricorn’ under its Libya sanctions list relating to the illicit exportation of petroleum from Libya. The designation was renewed pursuant to para 11 of UNSC Resolution 2146 (2014), and is valid until 17 April 2018. As a result, the ship will continue to be subject to a UN port ban, as well as a prohibition not to load, transport or discharge petroleum from Libya aboard the vessel. UN press release here.

On 2 February 2018, the UN Security Council updated this vessel’s listing by changing, among other things, its name from ‘Capricorn’ to ‘Nadine’. UN press release here.

EU renews listing of vessel under Libya sanctions

Ship2.jpgIn line with the UN Security Council, the EU has renewed and amended the listing of vessel ‘Lynn S’ under its Libya sanctions regime until 29 January 2018, see Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2017/2008 and Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2006 (which amend the lists found in Annex V to Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/1333 and Annex V to Council Regulation (EU) 2016/44).

The EU Notice explains that the shipowner may submit a request at any time to the “Focal Point” of the UN Security Council Sanctions Committee for a reconsideration of the vessel’s inclusion, and may challenge the Commission’s Implementing Regulation in the EU General Court. UK Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) Notice here.

EU renews Libya vessel listing

Ship.jpgIn line with the UN Security Council, the EU has renewed and amended the listing of a vessel (named ‘Capricorn’) under its Libya sanctions regime until 18 January 2018, see Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2017/1976 and Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1974 (which amend the lists found in Annex V to Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/1333 and Annex V to Council Regulation (EU) 2016/44).

The EU Notice explains that the shipowner may submit a request at any time to the “Focal Point” of the UN Security Council Sanctions Committee for a reconsideration of the vessel’s inclusion, and may challenge the Commission’s Implementing Regulation in the EU General Court. UK Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation Notice here.