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16:00  04 july  2019
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Oil supertanker bound for Syria detained in Gibraltar

Oil supertanker bound for Syria detained in Gibraltar Oil supertanker bound for Syria detained in Gibraltar

ROYAL Marine commandos have stormed a super tanker carrying crude oil bound for a Syria in a mission off the coast of Gibraltar . "We have detained the vessel and its cargo. "This action arose from information giving the Gibraltar Government reasonable grounds to believe that the vessel, the

An oil tanker , also known as a petroleum tanker , is a ship designed for the bulk transport of oil or its products. There are two basic types of oil tankers : crude tankers and product tankers .

Gibraltar Detains Syria-Bound Tanker Thought to Be Carrying Iranian Oil© Reuters The Grace 1, a Panama-registered supertanker, on Thursday near Gibraltar.

LONDON — The authorities in Gibraltar on Thursday detained a supertanker that they said was carrying crude oil to Syria, in violation of European Union sanctions against Syria.

Shipping experts said that the tanker, the Grace 1, appeared to be carrying Iranian cargo, in an apparent attempt to circumvent United States sanctions imposed by President Trump to choke off Iran’s exports of oil and petrochemical products.

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Companies that monitor international shipping say that the vessel turned off its electronic tracking devices as it sailed into Iranian waters, then turned them on again after leaving — a tactic often used to evade the sanctions, though ships can still be followed through satellite photography.

Gibraltar seizes Iranian oil tanker bound for Syria

Gibraltar seizes Iranian oil tanker bound for Syria A super tanker which is suspected of carrying crude oil to Syria has been detained by Gibraltar for acting in violation of European Union sanctions, the territory's chief minister said Thursday.

A body has been found on an Iranian oil tanker , which earlier collided with a cargo ship off the eastern coast of China and caught fire, officials said. Smoke and fire is seen from Panama-registered tanker SANCHI carrying Iranian oil after it collided with a Chinese freight ship in the East China Sea

Iranian oil tanker , Sanchi, has sunk after burning for more than a week following a collision in the East China Sea, according to Chinese state media. Sanchi was carrying to South Korea almost 1 million barrels of condensate, an ultra-light crude oil . Two bodies out of the thirty two crew members were

The government of Gibraltar, a British territory, declined to comment on the cargo’s origin, but addressed its destination.

“We have reason to believe that the Grace 1 was carrying its shipment of crude oil to the Banyas Refinery in Syria,” Fabian Picardo, chief minister of Gibraltar, said in a statement. “That refinery is the property of an entity that is subject to European Union sanctions against Syria.”

Spain’s acting foreign minister, Josep Borrell, told Spanish news media that the oil tanker had been seized following “a request from the United States to the United Kingdom.”

Mr. Borrell, who is set to take over as the European Union’s foreign policy chief, said that the Spanish government had been kept informed about the seizure, and would study whether it violated its territorial water claims. Spain does not recognize Britain’s sovereignty over Gibraltar, which dates to a 1713 treaty.

Iran demands Britain release oil tanker held in Gibraltar

Iran demands Britain release oil tanker held in Gibraltar Iran demanded Friday that Britain immediately release an oil tanker it has detained in Gibraltar, accusing it of acting at the bidding of the United States. - At US request - Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell told reporters the vessel was detained at the request of the United States. In a statement, Britain's Foreign Office said "we welcome this firm action by the Gibraltarian authorities, acting to enforce the EU Syria Sanctions regime". European Union sanctions against war-torn Syria have been in force since late 2011.

The shift demonstrates that China, Iran ’s biggest oil customer, wants to keep buying Iranian crude despite the sanctions “The shift started very recently, and it was almost a simultaneous call from both sides,” said one source, a senior Beijing-based oil executive, who asked not to be identified as he is

Iranian oil tanker tracked in the Mediterranean Sea en route to western Turkey Marine Traffic. In addition to the visual proof above, the Egyptian government issued a statement last week denying that they were blocking Iranian oil from reaching Syria .

“We’re looking at which way this affects our sovereignty, in as far as it took place in waters whose sovereignty we understand to belong to Spain,” Mr. Borrell said, according to the Europa Press news agency and other news reports.

Samir Madani, a co-founder of, which follows maritime traffic using satellite data, said the ship was anchored near the Iranian oil terminal at Kharg Island in the Persian Gulf in mid-April. Later, he said, it sat deep in the water, indicating that it was carrying oil from Iran.

The tanker, which exceeds the size limits for the Suez Canal, sailed around Africa to reach the Mediterranean, ending up in Gibraltar for unexplained reasons.

“For some odd reason they decided to go to Gibraltar,” Mr. Madani said.

Various shipping websites list the tanker as a 300,000-ton vessel more than 1,000 feet long, built in the 1990s and flying the flag of Panama.

Palko Karasz reported from London, and Raphael Minder from Madrid. Stanley Reed contributed reporting.

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UK to facilitate release of Iranian tanker if it gets Syria guarantees-Hunt.
British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt told his Iranian counterpart on Saturday that Britain would facilitate the release of the detained Grace 1 oil tanker if Tehran gave guarantees it would not go to Syria. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The tanker was seized last week by British Royal Marines off the coast of the British Mediterranean territory of Gibraltar on suspicion of violating sanctions against Syria.

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