Defiant Iran prepares for oil tanker to leave Gibraltar with Indian crew


Defiant Iran prepares for oil tanker to leave Gibraltar with Indian crew

An Iranian oil supertanker released from detention by Gibraltar authorities earlier this week could be ready to sail on with its Indian crew on board soon, in defiance of a US warrant after the British territory’s government said it was unable to seek a court order to detain the vessel.

Grace 1, which had been detained in the semi-autonomous British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar on the Spanish coast last month, has been renamed the Adrain Darya based on the Persian word for sea.

The vessel, which had been Panama flagged, has been re-flagged under the flag of Iran and is free to leave after the Gibraltar government confirmed that it would not be able to seek a court detention order on behalf of the US authorities.

The US has obtained a warrant to seize the vessel over violations of American sanctions on Iran. Read More

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