United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI)* insists Ignazio Messina & Co. SpA, the world's 2nd largest roll-on/roll-off tanker operator to stop working with Iran. The Italian company operates container and roll-on/roll-off services at the port of Bandar Abbas – Iran's biggest port through which 90% of its container traffic passes. The Bandar Abbas port is known to be under the power of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
UANI have contacted Ignazio Messina and informed the Italian company that its business activities in Iran created the risk "that its vessels and services may be misused in pursuit of the regime’s illicit agenda." Added UANI: "Ignazio Messina’s continued business in Iran also likely violates EU sanctions … because any such activity would, at the very least, involve paying loading fees to Iranian port operators."
Ignazio Messina & Co. SpA responded:
"Till [D]ecember 2012 the Terminal Operators assisting our vessels were Messrs Faraz Royal Qeshim Co. We confirm that both Iranian Companies [including the new Terminal Operator] are private and neither have any relationships with Messrs Tidewater nor are among the Iranian Firms shown on the black list."
* United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) - non-profit advocacy organization in United States is against Iran's ambitions to build nuclear weapons and is also against those doing business with the country.