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    Iran oil tanker: Gibraltar orders release of Grace 1

    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-49362182

    Gibraltar has freed an Iranian oil tanker detained last month on suspicion of sanctions-busting, despite a last-minute plea by the US authorities.

    The UK territory received written assurances from Iran that the ship would not discharge its cargo in Syria.

    Grace 1, carrying Iranian oil, was stopped by Royal Marines on 4 July, triggering a standoff with Tehran.

    Gibraltar's chief justice, Anthony Dudley, said no US application was currently before the court.

    An independent legal body would make a determination on the American request, Gibraltar's Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said in a statement.

    It was not immediately clear when the tanker would put out to sea.

    The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office said Iran must abide by the assurances it had given that the tanker would not proceed to Syria, which is under EU sanctions.
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    Disappointing, I know.

    https://gcaptain.com/iran-tanker-shi...off-gibraltar/
    Iran Tanker Shifts Position But Still at Anchor Off Gibraltar

    The Grace 1 had its name erased and it was no longer flying a Panama flag.
    No captain worth their salt is going to be getting underway in an unflagged vessel. In international waters, a navy vessel from any country can board and take possession. Individual crew would then be treated in accordance with treaty obligations to their nation of citizenship.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XNavyNuke View Post
    Disappointing, I know.

    https://gcaptain.com/iran-tanker-shi...off-gibraltar/
    Iran Tanker Shifts Position But Still at Anchor Off Gibraltar



    No captain worth their salt is going to be getting underway in an unflagged vessel. In international waters, a navy vessel from any country can board and take possession. Individual crew would then be treated in accordance with treaty obligations to their nation of citizenship.

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    US wants the tanker. Along with almost $1 million dollars.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-49379144

    Iran tanker: US issues warrant to seize Grace 1 supertanker


    The US justice department has issued a warrant to seize a detained Iranian oil tanker, a day after a judge in Gibraltar ordered it to be released.

    The Grace 1 supertanker, which is carrying 2.1m barrels of oil, was detained on 4 July on suspicion of illegally transporting oil to Syria.

    A last-minute legal attempt by the US to keep the tanker detained was rejected by Gibraltar on Thursday.

    Iran previously called the detention of Grace 1 an "illegal interception".

    Two weeks after Grace 1 was detained, on 19 July, Iran seized the British flagged tanker Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz.

    Although Iran claimed the ship had violated "international maritime rules", the seizure of Stena Impero was widely believed to be an act of retaliation.

    What is the US saying?
    The warrant, issued by a US federal court in Washington on Friday, is addressed to "the United States Marshals Service and/or any other duly authorized law enforcement officer".

    It called for the tanker and the oil on board to be seized. It has also ordered the seizure of $995,000 (818,000) from an account at an unnamed US bank linked to Paradise Global Trading LLC, an Iranian company.

    The justice department said the ship and the firm had been involved in violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, bank fraud, money laundering and terrorism forfeiture statutes.

    "A network of front companies allegedly laundered millions of dollars in support of such shipments," federal prosecutor Jessie Liu said.

    She added the parties involved were linked with Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which the US regards as a foreign terrorist organisation.

    Although the warrant orders "any" law enforcement officer to seize the tanker and its cargo, it is unlikely to result in any action by the UK or Gibraltarian authorities, according to Prof Fawaz Gerges, a professor of Middle Eastern politics and international relations at LSE.

    He said: "It would take a great deal of arm-twisting [by the US] to really persuade another Gibraltarian court to take the tanker back."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zippyjuan View Post
    More at link.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheCount View Post
    The section cited by the SOS in the Immigration and Nationality Act only applies to aliens, not citizens. If DOS was interested in going after citizens they would revoking USCG mariner credentials.

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    US warns Greece over inbound Iranian VLCC
    https://splash247.com/us-warns-greec...-iranian-vlcc/
    The United States yesterday warned Greek and other Mediterranean ports that providing assistance to the ship would be interpreted as providing material support to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), which Washington considers a foreign terrorist organisation. Facilitating the tanker carries potential immigration and criminal consequences, a US State Department official warned.
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