A shipping agent for Iranian supertanker the Grace 1 has claimed that the vessel is prepared to leave Gibraltar in “24 to 48 hours”, despite a last-minute effort by the United States to seize it again, reported AP.

On Saturday the managing director of Astralship, Richard de la Rosa, said logistical preparations had been put into motion, with a new crew of Indian and Ukrainian nationals on standby to take command of the ship.

Data from Refinitiv tracking on Saturday briefly showed the Iranian tanker carrying 2.1 million tonnes of Iranian oil had changed its position status off Gibraltar to underway, but by 12:00 GMT, it said the vessel was still anchored, reported Reuters.

On Friday, the US Justice Department issued a warrant for the seizure of Iranian supertanker the Grace 1. According to it, the vessel, all the oil on board, and $995,000 are subject to forfeiture based on violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), bank fraud, money laundering, and terrorism statutes.

In addition, the document stresses that “a seizure warrant and a forfeiture complaint are merely allegations. The burden to prove forfeitability in a civil forfeiture proceeding is upon the government”, according to the Justice Department.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif slammed the US attempt to seize Grace 1 just hours before Gibraltar was poised to set it free as piracy.

Oil Tanker Standoff

The Grace 1, an Iranian vessel which was caught up in a heated diplomatic dispute between Tehran and the West, was granted permission to leave Gibraltar on 15 August, despite the United States still seeking to detain it.

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The impounded vessel had been seized by UK Royal Marines and detained for over a month in Gibraltar over allegations of attempting to breach the European Union’s sanctions on Syria.

Earlier in July, two weeks after Iran’s Grace 1 oil tanker was impounded, Tehran seized the British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero in apparent retaliation for the detention of the Iranian ship.

The 23-person crew comprising Indian, Russian, Latvian and Filipino nationals has been stranded on the ship since it was seized in the Strait of Hormuz over what Iran described as a breach of international maritime regulations.

 

Source: Sputnik

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“forfeiture complaint” means statement of intent to steal

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[BREAKING] USAF engineers are preparing some airbase(s?) to receive full squadrons. The one I saw sat pics of has two runways of about 3.6km+ and was abandoned about 15 years ago…

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Ooops, I forgot : this happens in Saudi-Arabia!!!!
Patriot+THAAD are being deployed, an hospital is being built, barracks abandoned 15y ago refurbished, one of the 2 runways is being reinforced for ultra-heavy aircraft, etc etc etc…
Al-Udeid v2.0…

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Gibraltar said on Sunday it could not comply with that request because it was bound by EU law. “The EU sanctions regime on Iran is fundamentally different to that the US,” Gibraltar said.

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This is obvious. And it’s a pity : we should take much harsher sanctions, especially since Iran did way more casus-belli on us than on USA.

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IMHO, US-Navy is very likely to board the Grace-1 in east Mediterranean sea and, since Haifa is now an USN port of call, detain it in Haifa and give all the oil to Israel.