A crew member takes pictures with a mobile phone on Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya 1, previously named Grace 1, sits anchored after the Supreme Court of the British territory lifted its detention order, in the Strait of Gibraltar, Spain, August. (Reuters
CAIRO – 24 August 2019: An Iranian oil tanker detained by the US amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington has set its destination to a port in Turkey.
The crew of the Adrian Darya 1, formerly known as the Grace 1, changed its listed destination in its Automatic Identification System to Mesrin, Turkey, early Saturday.
Washington, which says the tanker is controlled by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, deemed a terrorist group by Washington, has told countries in the region not to assist it.
The ship-tracking website MarineTraffic.com showed the Adrian Darya’s position as just south of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea.
The Adrian Darya was held for weeks off Gibraltar after being seized by authorities there on suspicion of violating EU sanctions on Syria.
Both Turkey and Iran have been violating EU and UN stipulations by sending arms, money and militants to warn-torn Arab countries such as Libya and Yemen, not to mention sponsoring some paramilitary militias like the Popular Mobilization Force (PMF) in Iraq, Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Muslim Brotherhood, and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham in Syria.