(Reuters) – The Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya 1 on the heart of a dispute between Tehran and Western powers, which went darkish off Syria earlier within the week, has been photographed by satellite tv for pc off the Syrian port of Tartus, Maxar Applied sciences Inc., a U.S. house expertise firm stated on Saturday.
What seems to be the Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya 1 off the coast of Tartus, Syria, is pictured on this September 6, 2019 satellite tv for pc picture supplied by Maxar Applied sciences. Satellite tv for pc picture ©2019 Maxar Applied sciences/Handout through REUTERS
Maxar’s provided picture reveals the tanker Adrian Darya 1 very near Tartus on Sept. 6.
The ship appeared to have turned off its transponder within the Mediterranean west of Syria, Refinitiv ship-tracking information confirmed on Tuesday.
The tanker, which is loaded with Iranian crude oil, despatched its final sign giving its place between Cyprus and Syria crusing north at 15:53 GMT on Monday, the info confirmed.
The vessel, previously named Grace 1, was detained by British Royal Marine commandos off Gibraltar on July four because it was suspected to be en path to Syria in violation of European Union sanctions.
Two weeks later, Iran in retaliation seized a British-flagged tanker within the Strait of Hormuz main into the Gulf.
Gibraltar launched the Iranian vessel on Aug. 15 after receiving formal written assurances from Tehran that the ship wouldn’t discharge its 2.1 million barrels of oil in Syria.
Nonetheless, transport sources say the tanker is prone to attempt to conduct a ship-to-ship switch with one other vessel for a part of its cargo after Iran stated a sale had been concluded.
Washington has warned any state in opposition to helping the ship, saying it might contemplate that assist for a terrorist group, specifically, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
The U.S. Treasury Division blacklisted the tanker on Friday.
Reporting by Michael Perry; modifying by Darren Schuettler