The Iranian supertanker detained last month on suspicion of hauling oil to Syria in violation of European sanctions set sail from Gibraltar waters after being released by the British territory and is now signaling Greece as its next destination.
The U.S. is gravely disappointed with the U.K. after a Gibraltar court allowed the release of an Iranian tanker suspected of hauling oil to Syria, and threatened sanctions against ports, banks and anyone else who does business with the ship or its crew, two administration officials said.
The United States has reportedly applied to seize an Iranian supertanker detained by the Royal Navy off Gibraltar last month.
The head of Gibraltar’s government has met privately with Iranian officials in a bid to defuse tensions surrounding the seizure of an Iranian supertanker near the British overseas territory.
Iran's top leader has said his country will retaliate over the seizure of an Iranian tanker by British authorities.
The U.K. is in talks with the U.S. and other allies about beefing up their military presence in the Persian Gulf to deal with the rising threat to shipping posed by Iran.
An oil tanker run by BP Plc is being kept inside the Persian Gulf in fear it could be seized by Iran in a tit-for-tat response to the arrest by Gibraltar last week of a vessel hauling the Islamic Republic’s crude.
An oil tanker thought to be carrying Iranian oil to Syria has been detained by Royal Marines in Gibraltar.
The opening of a new Shell liquified natural gas (LNG) terminal in Gibraltar has seen the British overseas territory transition from diesel power.
An oil tanker that hauled 1 million barrels of Kurdish crude to the US six months ago didn’t unload its cargo and is now making a return trip across the Atlantic Ocean with the shipment still on board. The United Kalavryta is heading to Gibraltar, the British territory on the southern tip of Spain, Kyriakos Maragoudakis, operations manager at Piraeus, Greece-based Marine Management Services M.C., the ship’s operator, said.