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Earlier, authorities of Gibraltar ruled to release the Iranian oil tanker, which was captured on 4 July on suspicion of transporting crude to Syria in alleged violation of EU sanctions.
Gibraltar’s Chief Minister Fabian Picardo has pledged that Gibraltar’s Supreme Court will weigh any US attempt to stop the Iranian tanker Grace 1’s departure after its release.
“She is able to leave as soon as she organises the logistics necessary in order to sail a ship of that size wherever it’s going next. Could be today, could be tomorrow”, Picardo told BBC.
When asked about the US launching a last-ditch bid to seize the Grace1, Picardo said, “those will be determinations made purely objectively and independently by those authorities and then subject to once again the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court of Gibraltar”.
He pointed out that the issue “could go back to the court absolutely”.
Iranian Official Says Grace 1 to Be Renamed
Meanwhile, Jalil Eslami, deputy head of Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organisation, said that the Grace 1’s crew will “start their journey after preparations, including refuelling”.
“Based on the owner’s request, the oil tanker Grace 1 will depart for the Mediterranean after being reflagged under the Iranian flag and renamed Adrian Darya after preparing for the journey”, Eslami was quoted by the Tasnin news agency as saying.
The statement comes after authorities of Gibraltar ruled on Thursday to release the tanker, which was captured on 4 July on suspicion of transporting oil to Syria in alleged violation of EU sanctions.
Also on Thursday, the Gibraltar government stated that “the US Department of Justice has applied to seize the [Iranian tanker] Grace 1 on a number of allegations which are now being considered”.