Iranian tanker seized by Gibraltar preparing to set sail after being released
An Iranian tanker seized by Gibraltar last month is preparing to set sail after being released, a senior Iranian shipping official said today.
The seizure of ship on July 4, with the help of British Royal Marines, triggered a sharp deterioration in relations between Tehran and London and the tit-for-tat detention by Iran of the British-flagged tanker Stena Impero.
The Grace 1 will be renamed and switch to the Iranian flag for its onward journey, the deputy head of Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organisation, Jalil Eslami said.
Gibraltar’s Supreme Court ordered the tanker released yesterday after the British overseas territory said it had received assurances from Iran that the Grace 1 would not head to any country subject to European Union sanctions.