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Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya 1, ex Grace 1, forced to change destination to Turkey

Christian Fernsby |
The Adrian Darya 1, formerly known as the Grace 1, changed its destination from Kalamata in Greece to Mersin on Saturday, after Greece said it would not allow the ship to dock.

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The Iranian-flagged tanker was detained in the British territory of Gibraltar on July 4 with a cargo 2.1 million barrels of crude that Britain said was being shipped to Syria in violation of EU sanctions. It set sail again on August 18 under its new name after Gibraltar authorities said they had received assurances from Iran that the oil would not be delivered to Syria.

The U.S. warned that any country aiding the ship would face sanctions after a legal bid to extend the ship's detention in Gibraltar was rejected by the local government.

Mersin, which has an oil terminal, lies about 200 kilometres north-west of the Baniyas refinery in Syria that was allegedly the tanker's original destination.

The ship-tracking website showed the Adrian Darya's position on Saturday as just south of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea. At current speeds, it estimated the tanker will reach Mersin in about a week.

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