Maritime Security


Non-compliance and seizure

Maritime non-compliance and seizure of vessels


The failure to implement or comply with UN maritime sanctions measures can result in range of repercussions.

States that allow deliberate evasion, collaborate with prohibited, designated or bad actors, tolerate ineffective due diligence or turn a blind eye to omission can be subject to secondary sanctions.

Companies, specifically vessel owners or operators of maritime port services, who collaborate in deliberate evasions with prohibited, designated or bad actors, provide services to designated vessels, companies or individuals by practicing ineffective due diligence or turn a blind eye to omissions of identifying information by known sanctions violatorscan be subject to targeted sanctions, including freezing of their assets.


Additionally, reputational damages from public UN reports, and adverse media exposure often result in existential financial and regulatory consequences, because clients and other stakeholders mitigate their risks by looking for alternatives and sever business relationships.

In many cases companies or individuals acting in collaboration or on behalf of UN sanctioned entities will find themselves also designated, sanctioned or even prosecuted by national authorities – incurring punitive fines and even criminal proceedings.

There are numerous cases where vessels are immediately de-flagged, lose their insurance or even impounded or seized in worst case scenarios


This section contains guidelines, lessons-learned and case studies for use by the maritime industry or governments to assist in effective implementation, compliance and responses to punitive actions. Further information can be found in the Best Practices section.

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