Greece to Release Shadowy Russian Tanker

The Maritime Executive

…The watchdog group United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) added further confusion to the situation reporting that the vessel was not loaded with Russian oil as originally believed but instead was carrying sanctioned Iranian crude. UANI, which tracks the movement of Iranian oil, contends that the tanker loaded 700,000 barrels of Iranian oil in August 2021 and has been looking for a buyer since then. Reports indicated that they were attempting to sell the oil and offload it in Turkey. When the vessel was seized, it was believed it had been attempting to do a ship-to-ship transfer but was prevented in recent days by bad weather in the region.