The American Bureau of Shipping has withdrawn classification services from a VLCC involved in a high-profile casualty and recently blacklisted by the US Department of the Treasury.

The 306,000-dwt Young Yong (built 2001) ran aground near Takong Kecil Island off Batam City last week.

The US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (Ofac) then listed the tanker among 11 others which it accused of having links to the Iranian regime and its allies Hezbollah in Lebanon.