On 4 February 2014, OFAC issued General License No. 9 under the Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferators Sanctions Regulations. The general licence authorises US persons to engage in certain transactions related to the arrest, detention and judicial sale of the M/V Sinin, a Maltese-flagged bulk carrier on OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals (“SDN”) list, which is currently under arrest in China. OFAC first placed the Sinin on its SDN list on 10 September 2008 in connection with the imposition of sanctions on Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (“IRISL”). The Sinin was in the news in 2011 when the vessel and its crew were captured and held for six months by pirates off the coast of Somalia.

WMD General License No. 9