On 4th July, the BBC reported that Royal Marines have boarded an oil tanker on its way to Syria thought to be breaching EU sanctions. Authorities said there was reason to believe the ship, called the Grace 1, was carrying crude oil to the Banias Refinery in Syria. Gibraltar port and law enforcement agencies detained the super tanker and its cargo with the help of the marines.
IRAN SUMMONS BRITISH ENVOY OVER ‘ILLEGAL’ SEIZURE OF OIL TANKER IN GIBRALTAR
On 4th July, Rferl reported that Iran has summoned the British ambassador in Tehran over the “illegal seizure” of an Iranian oil tanker in Gibraltar. Data from Refinitiv Eikon, an industry source of data on tanker traffic, indicates the cargo sailed from Iran, according to Reuters. The ship involved, Grace 1, is a 300,000-ton, Panamanian-flagged tanker managed by a Singapore-based company.