How Many Hidden Barrels Has Iran Smuggled Under Sanctions?
In this bulletin, we have repeatedly described the arsenal of tactics Iran employs to avoid sanctions. One very effective tactic is to hide a part of Iran’s crude exports by turning off the tracking signals on tankers. It was very difficult for us to determine the volume of these hidden exports — until U.S. researchers used satellite imagery to spot the tankers leaving Iranian terminals and compared the results of their detection with the official number of tankers recorded by the Automatic Identifying System (AIS) transponder.
Anwar Altaqi – Esam Aziz