Searching for sanctioned ships, companies & individuals
The United States Office of Foreign Assets Control regularly issues listings of all the ships, companies & individuals with whom trading would result in a breach of sanctions.
Known as the Specially Designated Persons (SDN) list it now runs to some 540 pages of closely typed text. These lists are continually updated so the online search facility makes identifying such proscribed companies, individuals or ships a much more convenient task.
The search facility pictured above can be found in the left hand menu of the US Dept of Treasury website's Resource Center within the "Financial Sanctions" section by clicking on the menu item "Search the SDN List
A number of search parameters are provided. Focusing the search onto "Vessels", "Entities" or "Individuals" creates much more manageable lists, but it can be refined further by entering data regarding the country or city of origin, or even just a street address.
The list of vessel names includes ex-names and other aliases. The individuals also may have a number of aliases and the system will enable searches based on previously known names.
Whilst the system makes searches much easier, it carries a disclaimer warning that use of the search facility does not protect the user from liability for sanctions.