The Iranian supertanker, Adrian- Darya-I, is now moving towards Syria and stands blacklisted by the United States, an official statement from the Pentagon has confirmed.
America says it has confirmed reports to conclude that the oil-laden tanker which soon needs to be offloaded is moving to Syria. According to Washington, this transaction looks like an act of defiance against the heavy sanctions on the regime of Bashar-Al- Assad.
However, Iran is possibly being completely professional at this point in time. In an official statement, it has said, it had “sold the oil” aboard the tanker and that the owner will decide the destination. It did not identify the buyer or say whether the oil had been sold before or after the tanker’s detention.
It also said it could not name the actual destination due to “economic terrorism” by the US and its sanctions on Iran’s oil sales.
The supertanker that had been held by Britain in Gibraltar on the charges of violating International Trade Laws put down by members of the European Union, now stands blacklisted by the United States as well.
Earlier the 330-meter tanker was suspected to be docking in Turkey to fuel the already irritated United States. However, the route seemed to have then been changed to Greece, a thought that was then rubbished by Deputy Foreign Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis who clearly stated that Greece has not planned of angering the United States. Athens had been under pressure from US authorities to not adhere to any requests from the Iranian Supertanker to get safe access to their docks. Off late, Lebanon also sidelined the news floated by Turkey that they were receiving the supertanker.
The supertanker has been in the water for close to three months now, look to offload the huge pile of $140 million worth of light crude loaded on it. Initially withheld on suspicion of supplying crude to Syria, it is finally going to do what the European Union has been preventing it too.
The United States had already issued a warrant against the supertanker, for its alleged links to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, a group that has been designated by America as a terrorist organization. But, taken in into the sweet words of Iran, Gibraltar let it off and Britain retracted its forces, an action which America was preventing.
The US Treasury has said that the vessel was “blocked property” under an anti-terrorist order, and “anyone providing support to the Adrian Darya 1 risks being sanctioned”. The ship’s captain, Akhilesh Kumar, an Indian by origin is also being blacklisted under the American order. Dodging the hit Turkey pushed it to Lebanon who said that it does not buy oil from outside as it has no refineries and that it had not received any docking requests. The Maritime Traffic monitors are the only reliable data that has been monitoring the supertankers movement in the Mediterranean sea.