FILE PHOTO: A crewmember photographs a mobile phone on Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya 1
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The US Treasury on Friday blacklisted Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya, who is at the center of a dispute between Washington and Tehran. and sanctioned his captain.
The ship, formerly Grace 1, was detained by Britain outside Gibraltar in July for transporting Iranian oil to Syria in violation of European Union sanctions. It was released in mid-August after Iran had promised that its cargo would not travel to Syria.
"Ships like the Adrian Darya 1 enable the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (Quds Force) to send and transfer large quantities of oil that they seek to mask and illegally sell to finance the regime's vicious activities to spread terrorism. " Under Secretary Sigal Mandelker said in a statement.
"Anyone who supports Adrian Darya 1 runs the risk of being sanctioned," she said.
The United States considers the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist group.
Turkey announced on Friday that the ship had sailed into Lebanon after several changes in course, although Beirut said it had not been informed about the plan. There is a possibility that ship-to-ship transhipment will be attempted as it approaches the coast of Lebanon.
coverage by Eric Beech; Edited by Chris Reese