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Evil Thought of the Day: March 22, 2013

What’s to prevent a country with blocked cargo vessels with changing the IMO number? If you changed the name (which Iran did with the IRISL vessels), changed the flagging (Iran has even changed the flagging without actually working with the country in question) and changed the IMO number (I assume a blowtorch would come in handy), who would know? From yesterday’s settlement, I would suspect that smaller companies, at least, don’t validate IMO numbers against IHS Fairplay’s databases.

I know very little about the mechanics of IMO numbers. I know the number needs to be affixed to the superstructure or hull – does it have a standard form and format? Are there anti-counterfeiting measures on it?

If anyone can illuminate this, I’m sure we’d all appreciate it. If I find out… you know I’ll post it.

Categories: Cuba Sanctions Iranian Sanctions North Korea (DPRK) Sanctions Sudan Sanctions


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