Saga of the Iranian supertanker Adrian Darya Continues

The saga of the Iranian supertanker Adrian Darya, formerly known as the Grace 1, continues. The United States blacklisted the tanker, saying it had “reliable information” the tanker was transporting oil to Syria. “We have reliable information that the tanker is underway and headed to Tartus, Syria,” the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, tweeted Friday. The tanker had been seized by British authorities in Gibraltar in July on suspicion of smuggling oil to Syria. Reported by The Guardian. Read more…

The United States also blacklisted another tanker, the Bonita Queen, after a Fox News report revealed the tanker was violating sanctions. Reported by Fox News. Read more…

The Adrian Darya turned off its tracker on Monday, just off the coast of Syria and Lebanon. Iranian tankers have a pattern of turning off their trackers once they near the Syrian coastline. Reported by Fox News. Read more…

The tanker was reported to be fewer than ten nautical miles from Syria’s coast, in defiance of a commitment by the tanker’s captain not to enter Syrian waters. Reported by Fox News. Read more…

Satellite photos showed the tanker near the Syrian port of Tartus. Reported by The Guardian. Read more…

More Reported by i24 News. Read more…

An Iranian foreign ministry spokesperson, Abbas Mousavi, said the tanker had delivered its cargo. Reported by i24 News. Read more…

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper says there are currently no plans on his desk to seize the tanker. Reported by Reuters. Read more…

Finally, Iran has said it will free seven crew members of the Stena Impero, a British-flagged tanker seized by Iran in retaliation for Britain’s seizure of the Adrian Darya. Reported by The Guardian. Read more…