Restis-Controlled Vessel In Iranian Waters, Contradicting Mr.
Restis’s Own Assertions UANI Calls on Ports to Exercise Caution in All
Dealings with Helvetia One and EST
to view a map of one the Helvetia One’s Iran routes.]
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) called on Greek businessman Victor
Restis, Enterprises Shipping and Trading, S.A. (EST), and EST President
George Sarris to confirm whether their vessel, the Helvetia One,
is currently in Bandar Imam Khomeini, Iran and to state the nature of
its business there.
UANI data indicates that the Helvetia One is currently at dock at
the port in Bandar Imam Khomeini. Moreover, this is not the Helvetia
One’s first visit to Iran. The Helvetia One made multiple
ports of call in Iran in 2012 and 2013.
The Helvetia One is owned, operated and managed by EST, which is
controlled by Mr. Restis and operated by Mr. Sarris. Such business in
Iran directly contradicts the statements of Mr. Restis, who, in response
2013 UANI campaign, categorically denied
that his companies do, or have ever done, business in Iran.
Today, as part of a continuing investigation, UANI is publicly revealing
evidence of the Helvetia One’s current location in Iran and its
business activities there. UANI tracked the Helvetia One’s recent
journey from Santos, Brazil to Bandar Imam Khomeini, via Fujairah and
Khor Fakkan. The Helvetia One remains in port at Bandar Imam
Khomeini. [See here.]
Among other concerns, the Bandar Imam Khomeini port is host to the
Iranian regime-controlled front company, Tidewater Middle East Co.,
which has been designated as a sanctioned entity by both the United
States and European Union.
Said UANI CEO, Ambassador Mark D. Wallace:
Victor Restis and EST must once and for all fully and transparently
account for their extensive Iran dealings. We call on Mr. Restis to
answer a simple question:
Will you admit – finally – that you and your shipping company EST do
business in Iran, despite your previous public statements?
Until Mr. Restis and EST transparently and consistently reveal the true
nature and extent of their Iran business activities, we call on port
authorities worldwide to exercise extreme caution regarding the Helvetia
One, Mr. Restis, EST and other EST vessels. At the same time, Mr.
Restis, EST, and Mr. Sarris must end any and all business relationships
in Iran, and responsible businesses and ports should not do business
with them until their vessels cease making ports of call in Iran.
Yesterday, UANI called
on Mr. Restis, EST, and Mr. Sarris to account for the Iranian
activities of the Bergen Max cargo carrier. UANI released data
showing that the Bergen Max has made multiple calls to Iranian
ports since 2012, and most recently docked at Bandar Imam Khomeini.
to view statements by Mr. Restis denying any business in Iran.
for news accounts of Mr. Restis’s 2013 arrest and criminal charges.
United Against Nuclear Iran
Nathan Carleton, 212-554-3296
Source: United Against Nuclear Iran