Reappearance of Iranian vessel accused of smuggling weapons to Yemen

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The following is an English-language version of Levant Network research prepared for Akhbar Alaan.

An Iranian vessel accused of smuggling weapons for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has reappeared after being out of sight for five months, according to data reviewed by Levant Networks for Akhbar Alaan.

On May 4, the Genaveh 12 cargo ship left the Omani port of Sohar and sailed to the anchorage of the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas, data from MarineTraffic.com reveals.

Prior to this voyage, the last known whereabouts for the Genaveh 12 was on December 7 when the vessel’s location transponder reported it was in Sohar. Akhbar Alaan could not determine if the cargo vessel left the port during this five-month period.

The US Department of the Treasury sanctioned the vessel on December 11 for its alleged role in helping the Qods Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps smuggle weapons to its allies.

“The Genaveh 12 was suspected of involvement in the transport of IRGC-QF cargo from Iran, ultimately destined to Yemen,” the US Department of the Treasury said in a press release.

The US also sanctioned Iranian businessman Abdolhossein Khedri, two of his companies, and another vessel for their role in helping the Qods Force.

“For over ten years, Iranian businessman Abdolhossein Khedri had been involved in shipping operations for the IRGC-QF,” the US said.

In May 2015, the Iranian businessman’s company Khedri Jahan Darya Co launched a direct shipping line between the Iranian port of Shahid Rajaee and Sohar in Oman, according to media reports.

The Genevah 12 was the first ship to sail the route for Khedri’s company, which also used another ship sanctioned by the US, Genaveh 11. 

The Genaveh 11’s last reported position was on November 18 outside the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas, according to MarineTraffic.com data.

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