In response to the ruling Enterprises Shipping & Trading (EST), the dry-bulk arm of Victor Restis’s shipping empire, argued that it has been denied an opportunity to ascertain the underlying motives behind the organisation’s ‘name and shame’ campaign against its chairman.

"It is evident both to us and everyone else observing this unfair attack, on a non-US national and private individual, that UANI enjoys some form of privileged relationship with the US government,” the operator continued.