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Remember that Nord Stream 2 waiver? Well, here’s how OFAC did it…

So, a waiver isn’t how OFAC actually does things… they first make designations on the Non-SDN Menu-Based Sanctions List (NS-MBDS) under the PEESA sanctions program (Protecting Europe’s Energy Security Act) for the following entities:

FEDERAL STATE BUDGETARY INSTITUTION MARINE RESCUE SERVICE (a.k.a. MORSPAS; a.k.a. MORSPASSLUZHBA; a.k.a. "MARINE RESCUE SERVICE" (Cyrillic: "МОРСКАЯ СПАСАТЕЛЬНАЯ СЛУЖБА")), Proektiruemyy proezd No 4062, Building 1, 4, Moscow 115432, Russia (Cyrillic: Проектируемый 4062 пр-д, д.4 с.1, Москва 115432, Russia); Petrovka street, Building 2, 3/6, Moscow 125993, Russia; PEESA Information: Property and Interests in Property Blocked, Except Importation of Goods [PEESA]. 

LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY MORTRANSSERVICE (Cyrillic: ОБЩЕСТВО С ОГРАНИЧЕННОЙ ОТВЕТСТВЕННОСТЬЮ МОРТРАНССЕРВИС) (a.k.a. MORTRANSSERVIS OOO), ul Viktora Gyugo, Building 1, 3rd Floor, Room 15, Office 302, 303, Kaliningrad 129110, Russia; PEESA Information: Property and Interests in Property Blocked, Except Importation of Goods; Tax ID No. 7707847556 (Russia); Identification Number IMO 5933437; Business Registration Number 5147746277036 (Russia) [PEESA].

SAMARA HEAT AND ENERGY PROPERTY FUND (a.k.a. JOINT STOCK COMPANY SAMARA THERMAL POWER FOUNDATION (Cyrillic: АКЦИОНЕРНОЕ ОБЩЕСТВО САМАРСКИЙ ТЕПЛОЭНЕРГЕТИЧЕСКИЙ ИМУЩЕСТВЕННЫЙ ФОНД); a.k.a. SAMARA HEAT AND POWER PROPERTY FUND; a.k.a. SAMARA THERMAL POWER FDN JSC; a.k.a. SAMARSKIY TEPLOENERGETICHESKIY IMUSHCHESTVENNIY FOND; a.k.a. STIF JSC (Cyrillic: АО СТИФ); a.k.a. STIF, AO), Corp 6 A, Unit 2H, 1st Floor, Unit 95, prospekt Bolshoy Sampsoniyevskiy 60, St Petersburg 194044, Russia; Stepana Razina Street, 89, 2, 2, Samara, Samara Region 443099, Russia; d. 60 korp. 6 litera A pom. 2N, 1 etazh chast pom. 95, prospekt Bolshoi Sampsonievski, St. Petersburg 194044, Russia; Target Type State-Owned Enterprise; PEESA Information: Property and Interests in Property Blocked, Except Importation of Goods; Tax ID No. 6317063064 (Russia); Identification Number IMO 6188586; Business Registration Number 1066317027787 (Russia) [PEESA].

and cargo vessels:

AKADEMIK CHERSKIY (a.k.a. AKADEMIK CHERSKY; a.k.a. AKADEMIK CZERSKY) (UDQB) Pipe-laying Vessel Russia flag; PEESA Information: Property and Interests in Property Blocked, Except Importation of Goods; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 8770261 (vessel) [PEESA] (Linked To: SAMARA HEAT AND ENERGY PROPERTY FUND). 

ARTEMIS OFFSHORE (UBRS8) Offshore Support Vessel Russia flag; PEESA Information: Property and Interests in Property Blocked, Except Importation of Goods; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 9747194 (vessel) [PEESA] (Linked To: FEDERAL STATE BUDGETARY INSTITUTION MARINE RESCUE SERVICE).

BAKHTEMIR (UBYQ7) Salvage Ship Russia flag; PEESA Information: Property and Interests in Property Blocked, Except Importation of Goods; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 9797577 (vessel) [PEESA] (Linked To: FEDERAL STATE BUDGETARY INSTITUTION MARINE RESCUE SERVICE).

BALTIYSKIY ISSLEDOVATEL (a.k.a. BALTIC EXPLORER; a.k.a. "BALT. ISSLEDOVATEL") (UBAQ4) Supply Vessel Russia flag; PEESA Information: Property and Interests in Property Blocked, Except Importation of Goods; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 9572020 (vessel) [PEESA] (Linked To: FEDERAL STATE BUDGETARY INSTITUTION MARINE RESCUE SERVICE).

FINVAL (UBSU4) Offshore Tug/Supply Ship Russia flag; PEESA Information: Property and Interests in Property Blocked, Except Importation of Goods; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 9272412 (vessel) [PEESA] (Linked To: FEDERAL STATE BUDGETARY INSTITUTION MARINE RESCUE SERVICE).

KAPITAN BEKLEMISHEV (a.k.a. CAPTAIN BEKLEMISHEV) (UBSJ) Tug Russia flag; PEESA Information: Property and Interests in Property Blocked, Except Importation of Goods; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 8724080 (vessel) [PEESA] (Linked To: FEDERAL STATE BUDGETARY INSTITUTION MARINE RESCUE SERVICE).

MURMAN (UBAN4) Salvage Ship Russia flag; PEESA Information: Property and Interests in Property Blocked, Except Importation of Goods; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 9682423 (vessel) [PEESA] (Linked To: FEDERAL STATE BUDGETARY INSTITUTION MARINE RESCUE SERVICE).

NARVAL (UBVQ9) Offshore Tug Russia flag; Other Vessel Call Sign UBMQ9; PEESA Information: Property and Interests in Property Blocked, Except Importation of Goods; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 9171876 (vessel) [PEESA] (Linked To: FEDERAL STATE BUDGETARY INSTITUTION MARINE RESCUE SERVICE).

SIVUCH (UBWQ2) Offshore Tug/Supply Ship Russia flag; PEESA Information: Property and Interests in Property Blocked, Except Importation of Goods; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 9157820 (vessel) [PEESA] (Linked To: FEDERAL STATE BUDGETARY INSTITUTION MARINE RESCUE SERVICE).

SPASATEL KAREV (UBKI6) Salvage Ship Russia flag; PEESA Information: Property and Interests in Property Blocked, Except Importation of Goods; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 9497531 (vessel) [PEESA] (Linked To: FEDERAL STATE BUDGETARY INSTITUTION MARINE RESCUE SERVICE).

UMKA (UBXP5) Offshore Tug Russia flag; PEESA Information: Property and Interests in Property Blocked, Except Importation of Goods; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 9171620 (vessel) [PEESA] (Linked To: FEDERAL STATE BUDGETARY INSTITUTION MARINE RESCUE SERVICE).

And two other cargo vessels got added to the SDN List (also under the PEESA program tag):

VLADISLAV STRIZHOV (UEKQ) Anchor Handling Vessel Russia flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 9310018 (vessel) [PEESA] (Linked To: LLC KOKSOKHIMTRANS). 

YURY TOPCHEV (UFYE) Anchor Handling Vessel Russia flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 9338230 (vessel) [PEESA] (Linked To: LLC KOKSOKHIMTRANS).

And one existing Crimea-related record (UKRAINE-EO13685) got updated, and added to PEESA, too:

LLC KOKSOKHIMTRANS (a.k.a. KOKSOKHIMTRANS LTD.), Rakhmanovskiy lane, 4, bld.1, Morskoy House, Moscow 127994, Russia [UKRAINE-EO13685]. -to- LLC KOKSOKHIMTRANS (Cyrillic: OOO КОКСОХИМТРАНС) (a.k.a. KOKSOKHIMTRANS LTD.; a.k.a. KOKSOKHIMTRANS OOO), Rakhmanovskiy lane, 4, bld. 1, Morskoy House, Moscow 127994, Russia; prospekt Olimpiyskiy 14, Moscow 129090, Russia; Tax ID No. 7707294809 (Russia); Government Gazette Number 57067113 (Russia); Business Registration Number 1037739709138 (Russia) [UKRAINE-EO13685] [PEESA]. 

Then they exempt Federal State Budgetary Institution Marine Rescue Service with a General License…. But only for things not prohibited under PEESA, or any other sanctions prohibition, involving another blocked party, or involving a ship that they own that’s been added to the NS-MBS List. So, non-Nord Stream 2 stuff is OK – but US persons hae to steer clear of the pipe laying…

so, it’s not a total waiver, is it?

And then they issue 2 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about it:

894. What does the Protecting Europe’s Energy Security Act of 2019, 22 U.S.C. 9526 note, as amended (PEESA) General License (GL) 1 authorize?Answer

PEESA GL 1 authorizes U.S. persons to engage in certain transactions and activities otherwise prohibited by PEESA. Specifically, GL 1 authorizes U.S. persons to engage in transactions and activities involving the Federal State Budgetary Institution Marine Rescue Service (MRS), or any entity in which MRS owns, directly or indirectly, a 50 percent or greater interest, that are not related to the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, the TurkStream pipeline project, or any project that is a successor to either such project. GL 1 does not, however, authorize any transactions or activities with any vessels identified on the Non-SDN Menu-Based Sanctions List as blocked property of MRS or of any entity in which MRS owns, directly or indirectly, a 50 percent or greater interest.

895. What prohibitions apply to persons designated solely pursuant to the Protecting Europe’s Energy Security Act of 2019, 22 U.S.C. 9526 note, as amended (PEESA)?Answer

Persons sanctioned solely pursuant to PEESA are placed on the Non-SDN Menu-Based Sanctions List with the “[PEESA Information: Property and Interests in Property Blocked, Except Importation of Goods]” identifier, which indicates that such persons’ property and interests in property are blocked, except for the importation of goods, pursuant to section 7503(e)(5) of PEESA.  Any entity owned 50 percent or more, individually or in the aggregate, directly or indirectly, by persons blocked solely pursuant to PEESA is itself blocked, as described in OFAC’s 50 Percent Rule, except for the importation of goods.

Persons designated under both PEESA and another blocking authority that is not subject to an exception relating to the importation of goods will appear on OFAC’s List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (SDN List). The property and interests in property of persons on the SDN List are blocked and any entity owned 50 percent or more, individually or in the aggregate, directly or indirectly, by one or more blocked persons is itself blocked, as described in OFAC’s 50 Percent Rule (see FAQs 398402).

Links:

OFAC Notice

PEESA General License 1

FAQs 894, 895

Categories: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Guidance Licenses Non-SDN Menu-Based Sanctions (NS-MBS) List OFAC Updates PEESA (Protecting Europe’s Energy Security Act) sanctions Protecting Europe’s Energy Security Act (PEESA) Russia sanctions Sanctions Lists

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