Gibraltar port and regulation enforcement companies, aided by British Royal Marines, detained the Grace 1 tanker within the early hours of Thursday morning.
“We now have cause to consider that the Grace 1 was carrying its cargo of crude oil to the Banyas Refinery in Syria,” Gibraltar’s Chief Minister Fabian Picardo stated within the assertion.
“That refinery is the property of an entity that’s topic to European Union sanctions towards Syria.”
The Syrian authorities has not but responded to the incident.
On Thursday the UK’s Ministry of Protection (MOD) welcomed what it calls “agency motion by the Gibraltarian authorities, appearing to implement the EU Syria Sanctions regime.”
Picardo thanked “the courageous women and men of the Royal Marines, the Royal Gibraltar Police, Her Majesty’s Customs Gibraltar and the Gibraltar Port Authority” on Thursday for detaining the vessel and its cargo.
“Be assured that Gibraltar stays protected, safe and dedicated to the worldwide, rules-based, authorized order,” he added.
In line with a number of transport trackers on-line, Grace 1 was in-built 1997 and is crusing…