US lifts sanc­tions on Greek ship­ping firms

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(Reuters) – The United States on Thurs­day lifted sanc­tions on Mar­shall Is­lands-based De­los Voy­ager Ship­ping Ltd and Greece-based Rom­ina Mar­itime Co Inc that had been im­posed last month over ac­cu­sa­tions the com­pa­nies op­er­ated in the Venezue­lan oil sec­tor. The US Trea­sury De­part­ment’s ac­tion lifted Venezuela-re­lated sanc­tions on four com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing Mar­shall Is­lands-based Adamant Mar­itime Ltd and Sani­bel Ship­trade Ltd, as well as on four ves­sels. The move, which fol­lows the delist­ing last month of other Greece- and Mar­shall Is­lands-based ship­ping firms, re­moved the re­main­ing Greece-based com­pa­nies black­listed in June for trans­port­ing Venezue­lan oil from the US Of­fice of For­eign As­sets Con­trol (OFAC) Spe­cially Des­ig­nated Na­tion­als list. US officials met rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Greece-based ship­ping com­pa­nies ear­lier this week to dis­cuss Venezuela-re­lated sanc­tions, which have ramped up since early June, ac­cord­ing to two sources fa­mil­iar with the talks. The ves­sels re­moved from the US black­list on Thurs­day are the Sea­hero, Voy­ager I, De­los Voy­ager and Euro­force crude oil tankers, all of which were linked to ship­ping com­pa­nies delisted on Thurs­day.

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