Iran’s oil tanker Grace 1, released on Thursday from Gibraltar after being held there for over a month, will head to the Mediterranean Sea under a new name, Adrian Darya, the deputy head of Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization, Jalil Eslami, said on Friday.

“At the request of its owner, Grace 1 tanker will head to the Mediterranean Sea under the flag of the Islamic Republic of Iran having changed its name for Adrian Darya,” Eslami said as broadcast by Iranian television.

He specified that the vessel would begin is journey after being refueled.

Gibraltar’s authorities, supported by UK marines, detained the tanker off Gibraltar’s coast on July 4 on suspicions of transporting oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions. However, Madrid claimed that the vessel was seized at the request of the United States, which has long been seeking to drive Iranian oil exports to zero.

The vessel was released on Thursday after Gibraltar received assurances from Iran that the tanker was not going to deliver its cargo to Syria.

The United States applied to seize Grace 1 mere hours before Gibraltar was poised to set it free, with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif slamming the move as a piracy attempt.

Source: Sputnik
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Thomas Jackson
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they do not have to follow orders ..the US or Britain…just cant impose their will on anyone they want…the UN is biased…this had to brake international law…

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If you have a commando of SBS investing your ship, mark my words, you comply, even if you have weapons on board in order to be able to repel pirates, you really don’t want to mess with these guys unless you’re Chuck Norris. The ship entered UK waters, they considered they had clues about illegal shipment, they stopped it. The owner challenged it before a court, the court decided there were no evidences, the ship was released. UN has nothing to do in it, at least for now : owner(s) can sue at the UNCLOS tribunal. Mark my words, Brits… Read more »

Daeshbags-Sux
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Madrid has no say : Gibraltar = UK

Daeshbags-Sux
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Daeshbags-Sux

This story is probably not finished : US emitted a warrant any way, and… 6th fleet is in the east Mediterranean sea, so we can expect a 2nd “interception”

Sony
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Warrant for what ? All what they do in unlawful.