In the midst of a growing dispute between Iran and the West, a year after President Trump withdrew Washington from Tehran's nuclear agreements with the world powers, an Iranian supertanker bound to a sanctioned organization in the United States has lifted its anchor and Leaving Gibraltar, maritime surveillance data showed on late Sunday.
The lane, which left GPS data on Marinetraffic.com, a vessel tracking service, showed that the Iran-flagged Adrian Darya 1, formerly known as Grace 1, was moving just before midnight. The tanker moved slowly southeast towards a narrow section of international waters separating Morocco and the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula.
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The ship's next destination was not immediately known.
The official on duty at the Port Authority of Gibraltar declined to speak to The Associated Press about the ship movements and to forward questions to the government. The Gibraltar government press service did not immediately respond to AP news requests for comment.
The Iranian ambassador to the UK, Hamid Baeidinejad, previously announced on Twitter that the ship is expected to leave on Sunday night.
Shortly after the tanker was arrested in early July, Iran seized British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero near Gibraltar, which the Islamic Republic still held.
The Gibraltar government said on Sunday that it will allow the Iranian tanker to be released because "the EU sanctions regime against Iran – which is applicable in Gibraltar – is much narrower than in the US.
In a recent attempt to stop the release, the US overturned a warrant on Friday to confiscate the ship and its cargo of 2.1 million barrels of light crude oil, citing US sanctions and money laundering violations. and terrorism laws.
US officials told reporters that the oil aboard the ship was valued at approximately $ 130 million and was destined for a designated terrorist organization.
The unsealed court documents argued that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps was the true owner of the ship through a network of front companies
Authorities in Gibraltar announced on Sunday that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, unlike the US, was not terrorist organization according to EU, British or Gibraltar law.
Iran has failed to announce the intended destination of Adrian Darya 1 and has denied doing so ever to travel to Syria.
The Prime Minister of Gibraltar, Fabian Picardo, said he had been promised in writing by the Iranian government that the tanker would not unload its cargo in Syria.
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The Astralship Shipping Agency in Gibraltar, which was tasked with handling the paperwork and organization of logistics for Adrian Darya 1, had opposite The Ass Associated Press said that a new crew of Indian and Ukrainian nationals should replace the onboard sailors.
News requesting an opinion from the Iranian embassy in London was not returned immediately.
The Associated Press contributed to the report.