UPDATED 12 Oct. 2020 - Puzzling turn of events re PDVSA's shipping: according to our sources two completely unknown operators -Salar Ataie Bandari (Venezuelan ID 18444547, passports 148638679 & 110797537, DoB 02/25/1988) & Ahmad Ataie Reza (Venezuelan ID 17757066, passport 82585204, DoB 06/13/1953)- have emerged along with PDVSA's Angel Gonzalez, who is said to be in charge now of commerce & supply, as go-to guys with regards to StS transfers to be done away from U.S. government's prying eyes. The new area to be used is north of an archipelago called Los Monjes, very close to Aruba and right inside Venezuela's Exclusive Economic Zone. There are, however, signs that other areas might be in play, such as north-east of Los Roques, another archipelago closer to Caracas, where tanker Cape Vella V has been floating for a few days.
Bandari and Reza hail from the time when Ahmadinejad and Chavez were playing world domination. Involved in some sort of consortium called Ven-Iran, these Venezuelan-Iranian nationals got a series of procurement contracts, and as all thugs of that ilk, they're so versatile, their business acumen from building corn-processing factories to electricity generation, from tug boats services to crude trading. All seasoned, of course, with plenty of petro-dollars from public coffers.
We will leave this in here, for future reference. In any case, the goal seems to be to hide StS transfers from energy trading ports, such as Amuay, Jose, etc.
Heads up @USTreasury:
Salar Ataie Bandari, Vzlan ID 18444547, DoB 02/25/1988, involved in all sorts of corruption w @PDVSA, is said to be behind recent purchase of Antares Shine (9203772), due in to lift a crude cargo for #TIPCO New StS ops to be done here ?? pic.twitter.com/qXONmnvYIe
— Alek Boyd “Plagiarism is corruption” (@infodi0) September 30, 2020
Cape Vella has been floating there, NE of Los Roques since 28 Sep. Sources claim is heading to @PDVSA new designated StS area, north of Los Monjes. Salar Ataie Bandari & partner Ahmad Ataie Reza were involved w Consortium Ven-Iran, since @Ahmadinejad1956 and @chavezcandanga times pic.twitter.com/8CgLstKkbP
— Alek Boyd “Plagiarism is corruption” (@infodi0) October 1, 2020