US Treasury Department sanctions shipping companies for trading with Venezuela

This Tuesday, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the United States Department of the Treasury (US) reported on the sanctions to four shipping companies for trading oil with Venezuela.

In the communiqué registered by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, were pointed out the shipping companies Afranav Maritime LTD, Adamant Maritime LTD and Sanibel Shiptrade LTD, all three based in the Marshall Islands; in addition to Seacomber LTD, based in Greece, for assisting in the loading of Venezuelan crude after the coercive measures against Petróleos de Venezuela and its vessels:

«The (Nicolás) Maduro regime has contacted with the help of the airlines and their containers to continue the exploitation of Venezuela’s natural resources for the benefit of the government», said Mnuchin.

This announcement, as refer international media, is the result of the measures, «all assets and interests owned by these companies that are in US territory or in the possession of US people will be blocked».

It should be noted that in recent days the Islamic Republic of Iran sent five super tankers to support the country in the supply of fuel, given the impossibility of producing gasoline due to the blockade applied to PDVSA and the acquisition of additives abroad.