Iranian Oil Tanker Pursued by Bolton Changes Listed Destination to Turkey

Estimated to arrive on August 31st

An Iranian oil tanker at the center of a dispute between Washington and Tehran has changed its intended destination from Greece to a port in southern Turkey.

Adrian Darya 1, formerly known as Grace 1, was released in mid-August after being detained in Gibraltar for five weeks on suspicion of planning to deliver oil to Syria in violation of European Union sanctions.

The ship-tracking website showed the tanker, which is carrying 2.1 million barrels of Iranian crude oil worth some $130 million (€115 million), as being south of Sicily, and has updated its listed destination to the port of Mersin in southern Turkey. The site estimated that the tanker would arrive in Mersin on August 31.

Sailors can enter any destination into the Automatic Identification System. Mersin may not be the ship’s final destination. Mersin is around 200 kilometers (125 miles) northwest of a refinery in Baniyas, Syria. When the Adrian Darya 1 was released, Iranian officials had pledged not to send the oil to Syria.

The United States claims the Adrian Darya 1 is owned by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, which Washington labeled as a foreign terrorist organization earlier this year. The United States has warned countries around the Mediterranean they could be sanctioned for taking the oil.

Destination Turkey? 

The US threat comes as relations between Ankara and Washington are strained over Turkey’s purchase of Russia’s S-400 air defense system and differences over the war in Syria.

Turkey has opposed US sanctions on Iran implemented in the wake of Washington’s unilateral withdrawal last year from the 2015 nuclear accord between Tehran and world powers. The sanctions have battered Iran’s economy and seen oil exports decrease to a trickle.

Iran is one of Turkey’s top trading partners, with nearly $9 billion in bilateral trade between the neighbors in 2018, according to data from the Turkish Trade Ministry.

In May, Turkey [begrudgingly] halted purchases of Iranian oil when US sanction waivers to eight buyers of Iranian oil expired. In 2018, Turkey had imported about a quarter of its oil from Iran.

During the time of international sanctions on Iran prior to the 2015 nuclear deal, Turkey had been at the center of an elaborate oil-for-gold scheme to bust US sanctions. 

Meanwhile, Iran continues to hold the British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero, which Revolutionary Guard commandos seized in July in the Persian Gulf after British special forces detained the Grace 1 off Gibraltar.

Source: Deutsche Welle

  1. thomas malthaus says

    I’m not sure what if any deal Netanyahu has with Mr. Trump to initiate what amounts to WWIII or the Iran war. It’s seemingly destined to change boundaries, among other things.

    If the president has foregone billions in income while assuming the office’s questionable responsibilities, their can be nothing advantageous for him or the US in catering to Netanyahu’s will that a peaceful discussion of leaders couldn’t resolve.

    A few minutes of reading re the Balfour Declaration and Sykes-Picot
    agreement without the aid of an Israeli historian would set these discussion in perspective.

    Consider it a requirement before meeting Iran President Hassan Rouhani. At least you’ll be informed on the Palestinian question.

  2. Mary E says

    Who did Bolton say is the biggest terrorist in the world??? I think he has his hat on backwards = as well as his tongue – .the .sanctions against Iran have been put in place
    by the biggest terrorist in the world, the US because Iran 1- has been on the hit list of the US warhawks along with Iraq and Libya and 4 others for a decade…so the current administration is just following the plan and 2- Iran was put on the hit list because of its outrageous reserves of oil..which the US wants so badly that it is HAS to go to war for it, putting US citizens (soldiers)in harms way…rather than purchasing it like any good citizen of the world would do…. But that is not the US style – it takes what it wants by any means necessary other than paying the price…Iran has put a monkeywrench in those plans and the world is rooting for Iran..even though some are bullied into going along with the US — for now.

  3. skinnerreturns says

    Is Bolt-on waiting for a vassal state to do the bidding of the US, or is he ever going to send a US vessel to arrest this ship?

    The US are embarrassing, they can’t stop Iran or Yemen from shooting down their $200 million drones, but still continue with trash talk about their military superiority.

    We all know the outcome, the US will do nothing like the pussies they are.

  4. John C Carleton says

    John Bolton is an Israhell Firster, American hater, who is a “citizen” of the little Rat run crime cabal, Israhell, run by the Ratschilds and occupying Palestine.

    The little Rat run crime cabal occupying Palestine, has been trying to get America to take out Iran for them for over 40 years.

    Iran, (Persia), has not attacked another country which did not first attack it, in about 300 years.

    Israhell has many illegal nukes and murdered many people in several lands yesterday, as they will today, and tomorrow.

    Bomb Tel Aviv!

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