Oil Tanker Boarded by Royal Marines, Detained for 'Breaching EU Sanctions Against Syria'

The UK Royal Marines detained a Panamanian oil tanker on July 4 believed to be carrying crude oil to Syria, in what was alleged by Gibraltar’s Chief Minister Fabian Picardo to be a “breach of European Union sanctions against Syria.”

The Panamanian tanker, the Grace 1, was believed by the Gibraltar government to be carrying crude oil to the Banyas Refinery in Syria, which the Chief Minister said is “property of an entity that is subject to European Union sanctions.”

Lloyd’s List, a marine intelligence agency, reported that the ship was carrying Iranian crude oil. The agency’s reporter Michelle Bockmann wrote that “the ship sailed around the Cape of Good Hope after loading around mid-April off Iran.”

Picardo said he wrote to the presidents of the European Commission and Council after the ship was detained, setting out the details of the sanctions which had been enforced. Credit: HM Govt of Gibraltar via Storyful