Iranian oil tanker did not request anchoring in Greece ports (Minister)

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The Greek Maritime Trade Minister Ioannis Plakotakis confirmed on Tuesday that the Iranian oil tanker “Adrian Daria” which left two days ago Gibraltar did not request anchoring in any Greek port.

“No official request has been made regarding the arrival of the Iranian oil tanker to a Greek port,” the Greek maritime trade minister told Greek media.

“We are following its course and we are coordinating with the Greek Foreign Ministry.”

Blakyoutakis’s remarks came in response to questions about information from the Maritime Traffic Tracking website that the oil tanker seized by Gibraltar authorities on 4 July sailed on Sunday and is located about 100 kilometers off the coast of northwest Oran.

According to the site, the ship could dock at the port of Kalamata in the south of the Peloponnese. However, the port management authorities in the region did not confirm this information.

According to a source in the port of Kalamata, the arrival of the ship from Gibraltar to this port takes five days sailing.

A source at an Iranian port on Monday that the oil tanker is in international waters, but imposed a total blackout on its final destination and the fate of its cargo, although the authorities of Gibraltar did not confirm the ship’s departure from its ports.

Britain’s Gibraltar authorities detained the ship on suspicion of transporting an oil cargo to Syria, following European sanctions against Damascus.

The ship, which was renamed from Grace 1 to Adrian Daria, was allowed to leave after Iran confirmed that its 2.1 million barrels of cargo would not be delivered to Syria.

The United States has called for the ship to be re-seized in a request Tehran has said would meet “serious repercussions.”

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