U.S. Begins Offloading Iranian Oil from Tanker as Iran Calls it “Piracy”

The Maritime Executive

…The saga of the Suezmax tanker Suez Rajan, registered in the Marshall Islands, began more than a year ago when Iranian watchdog group UANI (United Against Nuclear Iran) targeted the 158,570 dwt tanker saying it was the latest to be transporting a sanction-busting load of Iranian crude. They traced the tanker to an anchorage near Singapore where the United States began its attempts to seize the cargo in the courts. After months of legal wrangling, the tanker which was reportedly owned by the U.S. investment firm Oaktree Capital Management and managed by Greece’s Empire Navigation, departed and was traced to the Houston anchorage where it arrived on May 30.