Chinese-owned supertanker on US’ Iran watch list changed name in apparent effort to evade oil sanctions

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While in the Indian Ocean on its way to the Strait of Malacca on June 5, the Chinese-owned very large crude carrier (VLCC) Pacific Bravo went dark and the radio transponder that signalled its position and direction to other ships fell silent, tracking data showed.A US government official warned ports in Asia at that time not to allow the ship to dock, claiming it carried Iranian crude in violation of Washington’s economic sanctions. A VLCC supertanker typically carries about 2 million barrels…

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