(Reuters) – Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya 1 at the center of a dispute between Tehran and Western powers, which darkened from Syria earlier this week, was shot by satellite near the Syrian port of Tartous, Maxar Technologies Inc., reported US a space technology company on Saturday.
What looks like Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darius 1 off the coast of Tartous, Syria, is depicted in this satellite image on September 6, 2019, provided by Maxar Technologies. Satellite image Refinitiv ship tracking data revealed on Tuesday.
An Iranian crude oil tanker sent its last signal, giving its position between Cyprus and Syria, flying north at 15:53 GMT on Monday, data show.
The vessel, formerly named Grace 1, was detained by British Royal Naval Commandos near Gibraltar on July 4, as it was suspected of being on a voyage to Syria in breach of European Union sanctions.
Two weeks later, as revenge, Iran seized a British-flagged tanker in the Gulf of Hormuz, leading into the Gulf.
Gibraltar released an Iranian ship on August 15 after receiving official written assurances from Tehran that the ship would not dump its 2.1 million barrels of oil into Syria.
However, shipping sources claim that the tanker is likely to attempt to transfer from one ship to another for part of its cargo after Iran says the sale has been concluded.
Washington warned every state against aiding the ship, saying it would consider support for a terrorist organization, namely the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.
The US Treasury drew a tanker on Friday.
Report by Michael Perry; edited by Darren Schutler