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Iran Says It Sold Oil from Vessel Freed by Gibraltar

Iran has sold the oil from a vessel freed by Gibraltar after weeks in the custody of British Royal Marines, and the vessel’s owner will decide on its next destination, IRIB news quoted an Iranian government spokesperson as saying Monday.

Separately, Tehran – entangled in a spiraling dispute with Washington over U.S. sanctions meant to kill Iranian oil exports – declared that it had extended a naval ship with cruise missiles to help secure Iranian tankers

The Iranian government spokesperson didn’t identify the recipient of the oil carried by the Adrian Darya tanker. After Gibraltar freed the vessel on Aug. 18, the USA said it could take every action it could to stop it shipping oil to Syria in contravention of U.S. sanctions.

Refinitiv Eikon shipping records showed on Monday that the ship was no longer recorded as bound for Turkey, its indicated destination at the weekend. No new destination was allocated.

The tanker’s location is currently south of mainland Greece, west of the island of Crete, the records verified

The tanker, laden with 2 million barrels of oil, had previously been going to the port of Kalamata in southern Greece after its release by Gibraltar. However, Greece said it might not offer any amenities to the vessel.

The ship, whose name was modified from Grace 1 during its detention off Gibraltar, was freed after a five-week standoff over whether it was transporting Iranian oil to Syria in the destruction of European Union bans.

Soon after the detainment order was lifted, a U.S. federal court required the seizure of the tanker on different grounds; however, that petition was expelled by Gibraltar.