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UK NewsReleased oil tanker 'photographed off Syria'

04:11  09 september  2019
04:11  09 september  2019 Source:   bbc.com

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Mystery surrounds destination of released Iranian oil tanker as Turkey say the vessel is heading to Lebanon... who immediately deny the ship is docking there During a visit to Oslo, Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the Iranian oil vessel was going to Lebanon. Lebanese Energy Minister Nada Boustani said there was no docking request.

Adrian Darya 1, formerly the Grace 1, was only released on condition it did not discharge its load of 2.1m barrels of oil in Syria .

The Iranian oil tanker at the centre of an international incident has been sailing just off the Syrian coast, satellite images appear to show. The Adrian Darya-1 was seized by Gibraltar in July with the aid of British forces over fears it was bound for Syria , violating EU sanctions. It was eventually released

Released oil tanker 'photographed off Syria' © AFP The Adrian Darya-1, formerly the Grace 1, was released after Iran said it would not head to Syria

The Iranian oil tanker at the centre of an international incident has been sailing just off the Syrian coast, satellite images appear to show.

The Adrian Darya-1 was seized by Gibraltar in July with the aid of British forces over fears it was bound for Syria, violating EU sanctions.

It was eventually released after assurances were given that it would not head for the war-ravaged country.

But images released on Saturday seemed to show it two nautical miles offshore.

The images, from US company Maxar Technologies, appeared to place the tanker very close to the Syrian port of Tartus on 6 September.

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The Iranian oil tanker at the centre of an international incident has been sailing just off the Syrian coast, satellite images appear to show. The Adrian Darya-1 was seized by Gibraltar in July with the aid of British forces over fears it was bound for Syria , violating EU sanctions. It was eventually released

Adrian Darya, previously called Grace 1, photographed near Russian navy facility.

US National Security Adviser John Bolton tweeted that anyone who believed the ship was no longer headed for Syria was "in denial".

"Tehran thinks it's more important to fund the murderous Assad regime than provide for its own people," he said, alongside another satellite picture. "We can talk, but #Iran's not getting any sanctions relief until it stops lying and spreading terror!"

There is however no confirmation that the ship is unloading its cargo of 2.1 million barrels of Iranian crude oil.

Neither Iran nor Syria have commented.

Released oil tanker 'photographed off Syria' © BBC

The ship, originally known as Grace 1 when it was detained off the British territory in July, has caused a major diplomatic spat between Washington and Tehran.

British marines had helped Gibraltar authorities detain the vessel, partly drawing the UK into the row.

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Iranian oil tanker tracked by the US turns off its tracker beacon - increasing speculation it IS heading to Syria The Adrian Darya 1, formerly known as the Grace 1, switched off its tracking beacon just before 4pm GMT yesterday. It was some 45 nautical miles off the coast of Lebanon and Syria. The vessel is pictured in Gibraltar last month President Donald Trump withdrew America from this agreement more than a year ago. Mr Trump's withdrawal and the imposition of heavy economic sanctions on Iran have blocked it from selling its crude oil abroad, a crucial source of government funding for the Islamic Republic.

BEIRUT, Lebanon — An Iranian oil tanker caught in the escalating feud between Iran, the United States and other Western nations has anchored off the coast of Syria , according to images released by space technology companies.

Satellite photo of Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya 1 off the coast of Tartus, Syria . The tanker , which is loaded with Iranian crude oil , sent its last signal giving its position between Cyprus and Gibraltar released the Iranian vessel on Aug. 15 after receiving formal written assurances from Tehran that the

The United States made an official request to seize the ship in August, but the courts in Gibraltar denied it.

The US last year withdrew from the international 2015 deal to limit Iran's nuclear programme, and reinstated sanctions. In response, Iran stopped abiding by some commitments in the deal.

The EU has sought to salvage the accord but the Iranian tanker was seized because it was suspected of heading to Syria, which would breach EU sanctions on that country.

The Gibraltar authorities freed the vessel on 15 August after receiving assurances from Iran that it would not discharge its cargo in Syria.

The US has been seeking to seize the tanker since it was released by Gibraltar. It issued a warrant and blacklisted the vessel, threatening sanctions on any country which offered it aid. The ship has since been sailing east across the Mediterranean.

Iran says it will release seven of the 23 crew members on board the captured British tanker Stena Impero on 'humanitarian grounds'

Iran says it will release seven of the 23 crew members on board the captured British tanker Stena Impero on 'humanitarian grounds' The seven sailors on board the Stena Impero (pictured), who are Indian nationals, are set to be freed on humanitarian grounds with the ship still idling at the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas. Tehran said it had 'no problem with the crew and the captain' and had seized the ship on legal grounds, although it was widely seen as retaliation for Britain's capture of the Iranian tanker Grace 1 off Gibraltar two weeks earlier. The shipping row sent Middle East tensions spiralling alarmingly, although the situation has calmed since the Grace 1, now renamed the Adrian Darya 1, was freed by Gibraltar's government.

Satellite photo of Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya 1 off the coast of Tartus, Syria (Reuters). An Iranian oil tanker at the heart of a dispute between the US and Tehran was photographed off the Gibraltar released the Iranian vessel on 15 August after receiving formal written assurances from

Satellite images released yesterday showed the vessel just two nautical miles off the port city of Tartus on Syria 's Mediterranean coast. Iran's Revolutionary Guard launched a gunboat and helicopter raid on the tanker , which is registered in the UK, claiming it had turned off its tracker and ignored warnings.

Earlier this week it was revealed that a US official had even offered the captain of the ship millions of dollars to change course and sail the tanker to somewhere the US might be able to seize it.

A British-flagged tanker was seized by Iran in July, in what was widely seen as retaliation for Britain's role in helping to seize the Iranian vessel - a link Tehran denies.

The Stena Impero was passing through the Strait of Hormuz when it was seized. It remains in the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas.

Several of the crew were freed earlier this week.

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