Eglantine: stormed and released by Iranian Navy

Eglantine, ex- Iran Gilan

IRANIAN commandos reportedly stormed the bulker that had been hijacked by pirates off the Maldives.    MV Eglantine was seized over 2,000km away from the pirate hotspot of Somalia.   Indian and Maldivian Navies are shadowing MV Eglantine the hijacked Iranian-owned Bolivian-flagged cargo ship drifting in the Indian Ocean. The ship was seized by Somali pirates late on 26 March 2012 off Hoarafushi Island in the Maldives. The ship is loaded with Brazilian sugar for Iran and was making passage to the Bandar Imam Khomeini port in Iran

Eglantine (IMO 9193202) appears on the U.S. Treasury's SDN list:

[March 26,]Bolivian-flagged, Iranian-owned bulk ship, MV EGLANTINE, was attacked and hijacked in position 07:00 N - 069:49 E, approximately 460nm west south west of  Cape Comorin early this morning. There are 23 crew members on board.

The incident took place at approximately 03:30 UTC and the ship was last located stationary in position 07:13N - 069:47E at 07:00 UTC.  Listed by the British government in 2011 as an entity of potential concern for WMD-related procurement

Ship Type: Bulk carrier
Year Built: 2000
Length x Breadth: 225 m X 32 m
Gross Tonnage: 39424, DeadWeight: 63400 t
Speed recorded (Max / Average): 12.2 / 11.5 knots
Flag: Bolivia [BO] 
Call Sign: CPC825
IMO: 9193202, MMSI: 720813000
Ex Names History
Vessel's Name Flag Call Sign Last Reported
EGLANTINE Bolivia CPC825 2012-03-19 11:24
EGLANTINE Cyprus 5BGK3 2012-02-27 16:14
BLUEBELL Malta 9HBI8 2011-01-21 20:32
IRAN GILAN Malta 9HBI8 2009-11-14 19:37

Added to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list maintained by the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on June 16, 2010, freezing its assets under U.S. jurisdiction and prohibiting transactions with U.S. parties, pursuant to Executive Order 13382, which targets proliferators of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their delivery systems; designated for being a front company for Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL - see separate entity record) that was "aiding IRISL in evading sanctions," according to the U.S. Treasury Department; "assumed IRISL's ship management functions in the wake of sanctions against IRISL," according to the U.S. Treasury Department, and "shares corporate officers with IRISL"; listed by the European Union on July 26, 2010 as an entity linked to Iran's proliferation-sensitive nuclear activities or Iran's development of nuclear weapon delivery systems; with some exceptions, European Union member states must freeze all funds and economic resources owned, held or controlled by the listed entity, and prevent funds or economic resources from being made available to it; sanctioned by the governments of Canada, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Norway, and Switzerland, restricting business and financial transactions with the entity and/or freezing its assets in those countries; listed by the British government in 2011 as an entity of potential concern for WMD-related procurement.

Now operating under the name Rahbaran Omid Darya Ship Management Co., while retaining its original IMO number (5466371) and continuing to manage the same fleet of ships.

Shares an address with the following companies:

Uppercourt Shipping Co.
Vobster Shipping Co.
Lancelin Shipping
Midhurst Shipping Co. Ltd.
Oxted Shipping Co. Ltd.
Sackville Holdings Ltd.
Top Glacier Co. Ltd.
Smart Day Holdings Ltd.
System Wise Ltd.
Trade Treasure Ltd.
Concept Giant Ltd.
Gomshall Shipping Co. Ltd.
Great Method Ltd.
Jackman Shipping Co. Ltd.
Alpha Effort Ltd.
Shere Shipping Co.
Tongham Shipping Co.
True Honour Holdings Ltd.
KMD Shipping Lines;

Ship manager and/or ISM manager of the following vessels that appear on the U.S. Treasury's SDN list:
Eglantine (IMO 9193202)

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