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Ignazio Messina

Ignazio Messina

Industry: 
Shipping
Value of USG Contracts: 
16
Country: 
Italy
Contact Information: 
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"We at Messina Group, all these years, have, however, never stopped working with Tehran, while honouring international laws. We were the only company in the West that did not stop operating our ships there. Now, new business opportunities are beckoning: from terminals to maritime transport. We are examining every possibility.” (The Medi Telegraph, "We'll bring 50 Iranian ships a year to Genoa" 6/21/2016). 

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"Additionally, Ignazio Messina Lines is reportedly interested in exploring new ties with Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL). Messina operates a fleet of eight con/ro ships, the largest of the type, with service to West, East and North African ports, the Middle East and Northern Europe; partnership would give ready access to African markets for Iranian firms. Messina operates ro/ro service to and from Bandar Abbas, Iran, with first runs in 2005. In 2013 it came under pressure from a U.S. watchdog group for its transactions with a Bandar Abbas terminal operator." (The Maritime Executive, “Italian Maritime Companies Forge New Iranian Ties,” 1/27/2016)

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“The legal representative of the Genovese shipping company Ignazio Messina & Co. Spa was acquitted of the accusation that it violated the 2009 legislative decree that implemented the international community’s embargo against Iran.  The Genovese shipping company’s ship ‘Jolly Oro’ was intercepted by the Customs Agency with 80 drums of triethanolamine, a chemical substance that was loaded in Iran and was headed for Lebanon.  The substance, which was seized and thereby the cause of criminal proceedings, is defined as a ‘dual use’ substance: it is able to be utilized both for peaceful use for the cosmetics industry, but also as a precursor for chemical weapons.” (Il Giornale, Jolly Oro and Embargo against Iran, Paolo Messina Acquitted,” 6/11/13 -- Translated)

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Operates as a liner in Iranian ports.  (Ports and Maritime Organization: Shipping Lines which operating in Iranian Ports)

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Uses Tidewater Middle East Co.’s private terminals in the Shahid Rajaee Port Complex. (Tidewater: Reflection of Tomorrow)

On June 23, 2011, the U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned Tidewater Middle East Co. (“Tidewater”), Iran’s major port operator, because the IRGC owns it and uses it for illicit activities including weapons shipments. (U.S. Department of the Treasury Press Center, “Treasury Sanctions Major Iranian Commercial Entities,” 6/23/11)  The EU followed with its own sanctions against Tidewater on January 23, 2012. (Official Journal or the European Union: Council Decision 2012/35/CFSP)