Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL)

IRISL has transported prohibited military-related cargo and facilitated shipments destined for MODAFL

Status:Top Alert – Entity designated / sanctioned for terror, WMD and human rights violation

Risk Level:99%

May harm your business future. Persons or entities that engage in transactions with this entity will be exposed to sanctions or subject to an enforcement action.

Working with this entity means supporting Iranian Regime, Regime Terrorist Activities & development of WMD

The maritime fleet of the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL Group) comprises 115 ocean-going vessels, with the total capacity of 3.3 million tons deadweight (DWT). The ownership structure of the fleet comprises 87 ocean-going vessels in IRISL and 28 different types of ships under the flag of subsidiaries, including Khazar Shipping, Valfajr as well as Iran-India Shipping Companies;

They are manned by 6,000 Iranian personnel including shore staff, deck and engine officers as well as ratings, who work under the flag of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the Caspian Sea, Persian Gulf, international waters and various ports of the world;

IRISL has been sanctioned by the U.S., UN, EU and other parties for its role in advancing Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs. However, the return of the line to the world market was expected by early winter 2016, as a result of the Iran nuclear deal between Iran, the P5+1/EU3+3 powers, and the EU in August 2015. IRISL has also announced its plans to become one of the world’s top ten shipping lines by 2020;

The United States implemented the first series of sanctions against IRISL in September 2008. Stuart Levey, the Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, explained, “Not only does IRISL facilitate the transport of cargo for U.N. designated proliferators, it also falsifies documents and uses deceptive schemes to shroud its involvement in illicit commerce IRISL’s actions are part of a broader pattern of deception and fabrication that Iran uses to advance its nuclear and missile programs. That conduct should give pause to any financial institution or business still choosing to deal with Iran.”;

The UN followed with sanctions against IRISL in June 2010 as part of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1929. The European Union implemented its own sanctions against IRISL a month later in July 2010;

IRISL has transported prohibited military-related cargo and facilitated shipments destined for Iran’s Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL) and MODAFL subordinates;

Also, facilitated the transport of cargo for U.N.- and U.S.-designated proliferators, falsified documents, used generic language to evade shipping authorities, and employed cover entities to conduct official business;

To evade sanctions, IRISL transferred nominal ownership of vessels to Starry Shine and other co-located entities (including Top Glacier Company Limited, Top Prestige Trading Limited, and Ideal Success Investments Limited) while continuing to manage and operate the ships;

OFAC added to the SDN List 65 IRISL subsidiaries and associated individuals pursuant to E.O. 13599. In addition, 122 vessels also were identified as property in which IRISL has an interest;

One IRISL subsidiary, Valfajr Shipping Company PJS, has been used regularly by the IRGC to transfer passengers, cargo, containers, and IRGC personnel from IRGC-controlled ports in Iran to major ports in the Persian Gulf region;

Another IRISL subsidiary, Hafez Darya Arya Shipping Company, has shipped cargo to at least one known cover company for Iran’s Defense Industries Organization (DIO). DIO was previously designated pursuant to E.O. 13382 on March 30, 2007 for engaging in activities that materially contributed to the development of Iran’s nuclear and missile programs;

In 2017, IRISL subsidiary Safiran Payam Darya Shipping Company shipped more than 136,000 metric tons of Iranian light crude oil from Iran to Syria.

Shipping Industry


Involved In:
Military Weapon Program

Also Known As:
Islamic Republic or Iran Shipping Lines
IRI Shipping Lines
ARYA Shipping Company
Iranian Commercial Shipping
I.R.I. Shipping Company
Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Co.
I.R.I. Shipping Lines


No. 37, Aseman Tower, Sayyade Shirazee Square, Pasdaran Avenue, Tehran, Iran
No. 37, Corner of 7th Narenjestan, Sayad Shirazi Square, After Noboyand Square, Pasdaran Avenue, Tehran, Iran
No. 37, Shahid saiad shirazi Square, Pasdaran St., Tehran, Iran
No. 675, Vali-Asr Square, Tehran – Iran
No. 675, Corner of Khosrow Khavar St., Vali-e-Asr Square, Vali-e-Asr Avenue, Tehran


Web Site:


Operating Area:
Persian Gulf , Caspian Sea, Mediterranian Sea, Indian Ocean, Yellow Sea

Person of interests:
Mohammad Saeedi (Managing Director)
Mohammad Hussein Dajmar (Chairman and Managing Director)
Mohammad Sadeq Mofatteh (Official)
Seyyed Alireza Mirmohammad Sadeqi (Official)

Reason for the color:
» Added to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list maintained by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on November 5, 2018 pursuant to Executive Order 13599 for meeting the definition of the term “Government of Iran.”;
» Listed by the European Union on August 8, 2008, pursuant to U.N. Security Council resolution 1803;
» Removed from the E.U. list in January 2016 as part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action;
» Listed by the British government in 2015 (along with all subsidiaries) as an entity of potential concern for WMD-related procurement;
» The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) removed IRISL from the List of Specially Designated companies, January 16, 2016;
» Added on September 10, 2008 to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list maintained by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC);
» Iranian Shiping lines tanker at the Syrian Tartous port;
» IRISL through The Suez canal provides a route for oil from Iran to Syria;
» Transported prohibited military-related cargo and facilitated shipments destined for Iran‘s Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics and its subordinates ;
Provided logistical services to MODAFL;
Transport of cargo for U.N.- and U.S.-designated proliferators;
Falsified documents and Used generic language to evade shipping authorities;
Transported a shipment of a precursor chemical destined for use at Parchin Chemical Industries in Iran’s missile program;

Owns or controls the following companies:
Bushehr Shipping Company Limited (Iran)
Hafiz Darya Shipping Lines (Iran) (HDLS)
Hanseatic Trade Trust & Shipping (HTTS) GmbH (Germany)
Irano Misr Shipping Company (Iran)
Irinvestship Ltd (United Kingdom)
IRISL (Malta) Ltd
IRISL Club (Iran)
IRISL Europe GmbH (Hamburg)
IRISL Marine Services and Engineering Company (Iran)
IRISL Multimodal Transport Company (Iran)
IRITAL Shipping SRL (Italy)
ISI Maritime Limited (Malta)
Khazer Shipping Lines (Bandar Anzali) (Iran)
Leading Maritime Pte Ltd (Asia Marine Network Pte. Ltd.) (Singapore)
Marble Shipping Limited (Malta)
Safiran Payam Darya (SAPID) Shipping Company (Sapid Shipping Co) (Iran)
Santexlines (IRISL China Shipping Co., Ltd.) (China)
Shipping Computer Services Company (SCSCOL) (Iran)
CISCO Shipping Company (South Korea)
Soroush Saramin Astair (SSA) (Iran)
South Way Shipping Agency Co. Ltd (Iran) (South Shipping Line Iran)
Valfajr 8th Shipping Line Co. (Iran)
Darya Capital Administration GMBH (Germany)
Nari Shipping and Chartering GmbH & Co. KG (Germany)
Ocean Capital Administration GmbH (Germany)
First Ocean Administration GmbH (Germany)
Second Ocean Administration GmbH (Germany)
Third Ocean Administration GmbH (Germany)
Fourth Ocean Administration GmbH (Germany)
Fifth Ocean Administration GmbH (Germany)
Sixth Ocean Administration GmbH (Germany)
Seventh Ocean Administration GmbH (Germany)
Eighth Ocean Administration GmbH (Germany)
Ninth Ocean Administration GmbH (Germany)
Tenth Ocean Administration GmbH (Germany)
Eleventh Ocean Administration GmbH (Germany)
Twelfth Ocean Administration GmbH (Germany)
Thirteenth Ocean Administration GmbH (Germany)
Fourteenth Ocean Administration GmbH (Germany)
Fifteenth Ocean Administration GmbH (Germany)
Sixteenth Ocean Administration GmbH (Germany)
Kerman Shipping Company Ltd (Malta)
Woking Shipping Investments (Malta)
Lancelin Shipping Company Ltd (Cyprus)
Ashtead Shipping Company (Isle of Man)
Byfleet Shipping Company Ltd (Isle of Man)
Cobham Shipping Company Ltd (Isle of Man)
Dorking Shipping Company (Isle of Man)
Effingham Shipping Company Ltd (Isle of Man)
Farnham Shipping Company Ltd (Isle of Man)
Gomshall Shipping Company Ltd (Isle of Man)
Horsham Shipping Company Ltd (Isle of Man)
IRISL Maritime Training Institute (Iran)
Kheibar Co. (Iran)
Kish Shipping Line Manning Co. (Iran)
Diamond Shipping Services (DDS) (Egypt)
Good Luck Shipping Company (United Arab Emirates(
Ocean Express Agencies Private Limited (Pakistan)
Universal Transportation Limitation Utl (Thailand)
Acena Shipping Company Limited (Cypress)
Alpha Kara Navigation Limited (Malta)
Alpha Nari Navigation Limited (Malta)
Aspasis Marine Corporation (United Arab Emirates)
Avrasya Container Shipping Lines
Azores Shipping Company (United Arab Emirates)
Beta Kara Navigation (Malta)
Bis Maritime Limited (Barbados)
Brait Holding SA (Marshall Islands)
Bright Jyoti Shipping (Cyprus)
Bright Ship FZC (United Arab Emirates)
Bright-Nord GmbH und Co. KG (Germany)
Chaplet Shipping Limited (Malta)
Cosy-East GmbH und Co. KG (Germany)
Crystal Shipping FZE (United Arab Emirates)
Damalis Marine Corporation (Panama)
Delta Kara Navigation Ltd (Malta)
Delta Nari Navigation Ltd (Malta)
Elbrus Ltd (Isle of Man)
Elcho Holding Ltd (Marshall Islands)
Elegant Target Development Limited (Hong Kong)
Epsilon Nari Navigation Ltd (Malta)
Eta Nari Navigation Ltd. (Malta)
Eternal Expert Ltd. (Hong Kong)
Fairway Shipping Limited (United Kingdom)
Fasirus Marine Corporation (Barbados)
Galliot Maritime Incorporation (Barbados)
Gamma Kara Navigation Ltd (Malta)
Giant King Limited (Hong Kong)
Golden Charter Development Ltd (Hong Kong)
Golden Summit Investments Ltd. (Hong Kong)
Golden Wagon Development Ltd. (Hong Kong)
Grand Trinity Ltd. (Hong Kong)
Great Equity Investments Ltd. (Hong Kong)
Great Prospect Internatioal Ltd. (Hong Kong)
Great West GmbH und Co. KG (Germany)
Happy-Süd GmbH und Co. KG (Germany)
Harvest Supreme Ltd. (Hong Kong)
Hazaru Shipping
Heliotrope Shipping Limited (Malta)
Helix Shipping Limited (Malta)
Hong Tu Logistics Private Limited (Singapore)
Ifold Shipping Company Limited (Malta)
Indus Maritime Incorporation (Panama)
Iota Nari Navigation Limited (Malta)
ISIM Amin Limited (Malta)
Isim Atr Limited (Malta)
Isim Olive Limited (Malta)
Isim Sat Limited (Malta)
ISIM Sea Chariot Ltd (Malta)
ISIM Sea Crescent Ltd (Malta)
ISIM Sinin Limited (Malta)
ISIM Taj Mahal Ltd (Malta)
Isim Tour Company Limited (Malta)
Jackman Shipping Company (Malta)
Kalan Kish Shipping Company Ltd
Kappa Nari Navigation Ltd (Malta)
Kaveri Maritime Incorporation (Panama)
Kaveri Shipping Llc
Key Charter Development Ltd. (Hong Kong)
King Prosper Investments Ltd. (Hong Kong)
Kingswood Shipping Company Limited (Malta)
Lambda Nari Navigation Limited (Malta)
Lancing Shipping Company Limited (Malta)
Magna Carta Limited
Malship Shipping Agency (Malta)
Master Supreme International Ltd. (Hong Kong)
Melodious Maritime Incorporation (Panama)
Metro Supreme International Ltd. (Hong Kong)
Midhurst Shipping Company Limited (Malta)
Modality Ltd. (Malta)
Modern Elegant Development Ltd. (Hong Kong)
Mount Everest Maritime Inc. (Panama)
Narmada Shipping (United Arab Emirates)
Newhaven Shipping Company Limited
NHL Basic Ltd. (Germany)
NHL Nordland GmbH (Germany)
Oxted Shipping Company Limited (Malta)
Pacific Shipping (United Arab Emirates)
Petworth Shipping Company Limited (Malta)
Prosper Basic GmbH (Hong Kong)
Prosper Metro Investments (Hong Kong)
Reigate Shipping Company Limited (Malta)
Rishi Maritime Incorporation (Iran)
Seibow Logistics Limited (Hong Kong)
Shine Star Limited
Silver Universe Ltd. (Hong Kong)
Sinose Maritime Pte. Ltd. (Singapore)
Sparkle Brilliant Development Limited (Hong Kong)
Statira Maritime Incorporation (Panama)
Tamalaris Consolidated Ltd (British Virgin Islands)
TEU Feeder Limited (Malta)
Theta Nari Navigation (Malta)
Top Glacier Company Limited
Top Prestige Trading Limited
Tulip Shipping Inc.
Western Surge Shipping Company Limted (Cyprus)
Zeta Nari Navigation (Malta)
Has been affiliated with Bank Tejarat; jointly established the Pars Petrochemical Shipping Company (PPSC) with the National Iranian Tanker Co. (NITC) and Iran Petrochemical Company (IPC).[/read]
Affiliated with the following vessels: [read more=”See all +” less=”Close -“]
Hormuz (IMO: 7904580; Flag: Iran)
Sarina (IMO: 8203608; Flag: Iran)
Sabrina (IMO: 8215742; Flag: Iran)
Iran Hormuz 22 (IMO: 8314275; Flag: Iran)
Iran Shalak (IMO: 8319940; Flag: Iran)
Iran Youshat (IMO: 8319952; Flag: Iran)
Naghmeh (IMO: 8320145; Flag: Iran)
Ronak (IMO: 8320157; Flag: Iran)
Tabandeh (IMO: 8320171; Flag: Iran)
Iran Parak (IMO: 8322064; Flag: Iran)
Iran Charak (IMO: 8322076; Flag: Iran)
Iran Hormuz 25 (IMO: 8422072; Flag: Iran)
Dorita (IMO: 8605234; Flag: Iran)
Kasma (IMO: 8721351; Flag: Iran)
Iran Shalamcheh (IMO: 8820925; Flag: Iran)
AAJ (IMO: 8984484; Flag: Iran)
Iran Hormuz 12 (IMO: 9005596; Flag: Iran)
Vista (IMO: 9010711; Flag: Iran)
Viana (IMO: 9010723; Flag: Iran)
Iran Hormuz 14 (IMO: 9020778; Flag: Iran)
Hamd (IMO: 9036052; Flag: Iran)
Sobhan (IMO: 9036935; Flag: Iran)
Sattar (IMO: 9040479; Flag: Togo)
Abba (IMO: 9051624; Flag: Iran)
Behdad (IMO: 9051636; Flag: Iran)
Parshan (IMO: 9051648; Flag: Iran)
Negeen (IMO: 9071519; Flag: Iran)
Attar (IMO: 9074092; Flag: Iran)
Parin (IMO: 9076478; Flag: Iran)
Teen (IMO: 9101649: Flag: Togo)
Firouzeh (IMO: 9103099; Flag: Iran)
Parand (IMO: 9118551; Flag: Iran)
Patris (IMO: 9137210; Flag: Iran)
Nardis (IMO: 9137246; Flag: Iran)
Kados (IMO: 9137258; Flag: Iran)
Zomoroud (IMO: 9138044; Flag: Iran)
Brelyan (IMO: 9138056; Flag: Iran)
Alvan (IMO: 9165798; Flag: Iran)
Aysan (IMO: 9165803; Flag: Iran)
Golsan (IMO: 9165815; Flag: Iran)
Elyana (IMO: 9165827; Flag: Iran)
Neshat (IMO: 9167277; Flag: Iran)
Iran Shahed (IMO: 9184691; Flag; Iran)
Pendar (IMO: 9209324; Flag: Iran)
Sana (IMO: 9209336; Flag: Iran)
Shiba (IMO: 9270646; Flag: Iran)
Shamim (IMO: 9270658; Flag: Iran)
Azad (IMO: 9270684; Flag: Iran)
Iran Kashan (IMO: 9270696; Flag: Iran)
Azargoun (IMO: 9283019; Flag: Iran)
Golbon (IMO: 9283033; Flag: Iran)
Touska (IMO: 9328900; Flag: Iran)
Shabgoun (IMO: 9346524; Flag: Iran)
Basht (IMO: 9346536; Flag: Iran)
Behnavaz (IMO: 9346548; Flag: Iran)
Shahraz (IMO: 9349576; Flag: Iran)
Behta (IMO: 9349590; Flag: Iran)
Sarir (IMO: 9368003; Flag: Iran)
Somia (IMO: 9368015; Flag: Iran)
Aries (IMO: 9369722: Flag: Iran)
Abtin 1 (IMO: 9379636; Flag: Iran)
Bavand (IMO: 9387798; Flag: Iran)
Baskar (IMO: 9405942; Flag: Iran)
Bahjat (IMO: 9405954; Flag: Iran)
Shayan 1 (IMO: 9420356; Flag: Iran)
Taban 1 (IMO: 9420368; Flag: Iran)
Yaran (IMO: 9420370; Flag: Iran)
Daryabord (IMO: 9422366; Flag: Iran)
Parisan (IMO: 9465851; Flag: Iran)
Has had offices in Germany (Hamburg), United Kingdom (London), Italy (Milan), Belgium (Antwerp), Singapore, China (Shanghai), South Korea (Seoul), Japan (Tokyo), Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates (Dubai), Libya (Tripoli), and South Africa (Durban).
Managing director is Mohammad Saeidi. Officials have also included Mohammad Hussein Dajmar (chairman and managing director), Mohammad Sadeq Mofatteh, and Seyyed Alireza Mirmohammad Sadeqi; IMO number is 0095998;