Ghost Tankers: Spain Urges UN To Clamp Down On Ship-to-Ship Oil Transfers

Jonathan Saul (Reuters)–Spain has called for tighter scrutiny of oil transfers involving tankers at sea as the number of unregulated ships hit by sanctions grows and raises pollution risks, a U.N. agency session heard this week. 

Hundreds of extra “ghost” tankers have joined this opaque parallel trade over the past few years as a result of rising Iranian oil exports as well as restrictions imposed on Russian energy sales over the war in Ukraine.

The number of incidents last year including groundings, collisions and near misses involving these ships reached the highest in years, a Reuters investigation showed

Spain raised the issue this week at the legal committee of the United Nations’ shipping agency, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and submitted a resolution to “address the consequences and concerns” over the increase in such operations, a Spanish transport ministry source told Reuters on Friday.

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