UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Iranian tanker Adrian Daria I, released in Gibraltar last month, has unloaded its crude oil at a Syrian port, media reported.
The London-based Qatari-funded Middle East Eye website quoted private sources as saying that 55 percent of the 2.1 million barrels of crude oil was unloaded last night.
The semi-official Iranian media, such as Fars and Tasnim, reprinted the news.
The reports did not disclose the name of the port where the tanker was unloaded.
The tanker, which was then named “Grace-1”, was detained in early July by the authorities of Gibraltar with the help of Britain for allegedly transporting oil to Syria in violation of European sanctions imposed on the government of Damascus.
After five weeks of detention, the Gibraltar authorities released the tanker and announced that it had received assurances from Tehran that the ship would not go to Syria, but Tehran denied that.
Adrian Daria then flew to the eastern Mediterranean, repeatedly changing her destination and then switching off the ship identification system earlier this September, off the coast of Syria and Lebanon.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry announced that it had sold the oil cargo carried by the tanker, and that the buyer, who did not reveal his identity, decides the destination of the ship.
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