In a recent development, the Iranian flagged Adrian Darya-1 has reportedly moved from its dock point in Gibraltar. The supertanker is said to be hauling light crude oil worth $130 million. This was confirmed by GPS data on Marinetraffic.com.
The United States suspects that the supertanker is moving purposefully towards a designated terror organization. This is the same supertanker that was previously known as Grace-1. Recent news confirms that the previously unknown location is now looking as Kalamata in Greece.
The tanker is said to have slowly moved south before steering eastwards toward a narrow stretch of international waters separating Morocco and the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula.
Gibraltar had made up its mind to let-go of the supertanker on assurances from Iran that the latter would adhere and respect the international trade laws at sea.
It is, therefore, no surprise that Gibraltar authorities rejected at the eleventh-hour American attempts to stop the movement of the supertanker on the pretext of it siding with terror factions and that the onboard crew was in violation of American laws.
While America has argued that the supertanker is actually owned by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps ( a group designated by the US as a terrorist organization), Gibraltar has taken a more sensible approach by stating that unlike in the US, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard is not designated a terrorist organization under EU, UK or Gibraltar law. Gibraltar’s government has further stated in the media that it has allowed the Iranian tanker’s release because, “The EU sanctions regime against Iran — which is applicable in Gibraltar — is much narrower than that applicable in the US.