But an examination shows how Iran has used a succession of stratagems — changing not just ships’ flags and names but their owners, operators and managers, too — to stay one step ahead of its pursuers. This cat-and-mouse game offers a case study in the difficulties of enforcing sanctions.It's always a mistake to underestimate how wily your enemies are.
“We are dealing with people who are as smart as we are, and of course they can read our list,” said Stuart A. Levey, the under secretary of the Treasury who oversees the sanctions effort and the blacklist of Irisl and its fleet.
That blacklist simply hasn’t kept up.
One of my earlier posts on flags of convenience involving that other "friend of the U.S.," North Korea.
Ship photo of vessel "Amplify" by Daniel Ferro from Shipspotting.com and used in accord with terms found there.
Hat tip to Information Dissemination.