The United States was facing a lawsuit against the clock in order to recapture an Iranian supertanker in a diplomatic stalemate before the ship's crew announced on Saturday the scheduled departure of the ship from Gibraltar on Sunday or Monday.
The company's director, who sorts the papers and buys them for the oil tanker Grace 1 in the British Overseas Territory, said the ship could sail away in the next "24 to 48 hours" as new crews take command of the ship.
"The ship has made some logistical changes and requirements that delayed departure," Astralship CEO Richard De la Rosa told The Associated Press.
He said the new crews were Indian and Ukrainian nationals from the ship's Indian managers and that his company had not been informed about the supertanker's next destination.
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Analysts said Gibraltar's release of Grace 1 could trigger the release of British Stena Impero.
However, late on Friday, a day after the tanker was released, the US obtained a warrant to seize the vessel for violations of US sanctions, money laundering and terrorism laws. Washington is trying to take control of the oil tanker, which holds all the oil on board and $ 995,000 in unsealed court documents.
The recent turnaround has occurred as tensions in the Persian Gulf continue to increase, as President Donald Trump unilaterally pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal signed by Iran and other world powers. Oil tankers in the region have been the subject of attacks and seizures in recent weeks, including London and Tehran in a bitter diplomatic conflict.
The Supreme Court of Gibraltar did not immediately respond to requests for an opinion as to whether the US request had been filed there. The UK Foreign Office has forwarded questions to the Gibraltar government, but calls and e-mails to its offices on how the authorities responded to Washington's move remained unanswered.
Messages left at the US Embassy in London were not returned immediately.
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The Prime Minister of Gibraltar, Fabian Picardo, had warned the US that a new lawsuit would be probed from the territory Courts have to stop the tanker's arrest this week. Picardo said he had been promised in writing by the Iranian government that the tanker would not unload its cargo in Syria.
Richard Wilkinson, a lawyer representing three crew members of the oil tanker Grace 1, including his Indian captain, said he was "unaware why the ship will not sail on Sunday as planned."
"As far as Europe is concerned, and it is undisputed that this ship has no criticisms or complaints. It carries oil from Iran, the only problem From a European point of view, that was the ship's target and that was sorted out, "Wilkinson said in Gibraltar, where he saw" little political will "to requisition the tanker again.
The time window for a new seizure was also quickly closed as workers were seen by an AP crew hanging on a ladder to repaint the ships. Arch with the name "Adrian Darya 1" over where "Grace 1" was already darkened.
The ship was allegedly no longer under Panamanian flag, but on Saturday there were no signs of a new one.
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The shipping agent De la Rosa said: "If the Americans made a request or a specific order, they would have to be checked by the judges, but I do not think that's materialized. "