Two vessels carrying Iranian liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) involved in Iran-China deliveries were detained in Singapore on July 22 and 24, a ship-tracking source has told Radio Farda.
The ships belong to Kunlun Shipping, a private Hong Kong company with a fleet of LPG vessels carrying Iranian-sourced cargoes.
The detention of the vessels is related to US sanctions banning the export of Iranian oil and gas and a direct result of a court order. However, Radio Farda has learned that the ships are no longer listed in the “vessels under Sheriff's arrest” section on the website of the Singapore Supreme Court.
The ship-tracking firm Kpler related that one of the ships, Sea Dragon, seems to have been released, as satellite images show it has left Singapore and is sailing back toward the Arabian Gulf, carrying its load. The other vessel, Gas Infinity, is still in port.
Kpler also reported that the arrests seem to have been targeting vessels owned only by Kunlun Shipping, as other ships involved in Iranian trade crossed the Singapore strait around the same dates without incident.
LPG carriers loading from Iran often use deceptive techniques to stay “under the radar” by turning off their transponders and indicating misleading destinations to cover their tracks.
Another Kunlun vessel, Gas Dignity, has also been carrying Iranian LPG for the past five years, said Kpler, adding that it last emitted a signal seven days ago but is not on the list of arrested vessels.