BRITISH Royal Marines have stormed a super tanker off the coast of Gibraltar after suspecting it of carrying crude oil to Syria in a breach of European Union sanctions.
In a statement, the Government said it had reasonable grounds to believe the Grace 1 vessel was carrying its shipment of crude oil to the Banyas Refinery in Syria. It published regulations on Wednesday to enforce the sanctions against the vessel and its cargo. Gibraltar’s Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said: “That refinery is the property of an entity that is subject to European Union sanctions against Syria…
The cartographic data of Refinitiv Eikon indicate that the ship sailed from Iran. If confirmed to be carrying a cargo of Iranian crude, its attempted delivery to Syria could also be a violation of US sanctions on Iran’s oil exports.
The shipping data show that the vessel is a Panamanian flag tanker of 300,000 tons administered by IShips Management, based in Singapore..
The Spanish Government is studying the circumstances in which there has been the arrest of an oil tanker carrying crude oil to Syria by the security forces of Gibraltar and the British Navy, in case it affects Spanish sovereignty..
Spain’s part of the EU. The tanker broke EU sanctions. Assholes can’t have it both ways.