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Friday, October 19, 2018

IRAQ - MINA AL BAKR, INTERTANKO PUBLISHES UN DOCUMENT ON PORT COSTS

Continued threats of blacklisting of ships whose owners refuse to pay levied port disbursements reached a climax this week as a tanker has just been reported turned away due to non-payment of dues.

Earlier in the week, INTERTANKO expressed the urgent need for an official UN document concluding that payment of port disbursements is illegal. 
Click here to read our press release

We were consequently extremely pleased to receive, via one of our members, a most relevant UN document dated 6 September 2000, originating from the “Office of the Iraq Programme”.  The document concludes that “no payment should be made to the company concerned (Alia for Transportation and General Trade Company, Amman, Jordan) unless and until its contract with the Iraqi authorities has been approved by the Security Council Committee.  In the absence of such approval, any payment deposited in the Jordan National Bank would be in violation of the sanctions regime established by the Security Council”. Click here for a copy of the UN document.

We have noticed that the levy of port disbursements has been switched from US Dollars to the counter value in Iraqi Dinars.  INTERTANKO has inquired whether it is at all possible to make such payments from abroad, and has so far, on the basis of input from Norwegian bank, concluded that payments into Iraq are illegal altogether.

INTERTANKO will look to the UN to take immediate action against the Iraqi refusal to load a tanker due to non-payment of the illegal dues, and will be sending an immediate request to this effect.

INTERTANKO invites all members to report all relevant information from loading in Mina al Bakr to the Ports & Terminals Section, e-mail: gunnar.Knudsen@intertanko.com who will also address any questions members may have.