Following the seizure of the Lana, previously the Pegas, Iranian soldiers seized two Greek tankers in the Persian Gulf in May, which have yet to be freed.
In April, the U.S. hired a tanker to impound the oil onboard the Lana tanker, which was anchored off the coast of Greece.
The oil was subsequently partially extracted and loaded onto the Ice Energy tanker, which Washington had hired and was scheduled to sail to the United States until Greece’s Supreme Court determined that the cargo should be returned to Iran.
“The reloading procedure is finished,” one person claimed. According to another report, it was completed on Sunday.
The Iranian embassy in Athens announced on Twitter on August 12 that the vessel would sail to Iran once the reloading was done.
It was unclear whether the Lana, which had engine problems, could sail independently.
The Lana was detained for more than two months off the Greek island of Evia, near the village of Karystos. Following the court decision to allow its release, it was towed to Piraeus.
Since late July, the ship has been anchored off the coast of Piraeus.
On May 25, Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO) issued a statement about the arrest of the Iranian cargo vessel in Greek waters, describing the move as an act of piracy and violation of international standards.
“Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO) as the duly authorized maritime administration of the Islamic Republic of Iran reacted against the actions of the Greek Government as to hindering the Iranian vessel from sailing and arresting her cargo, and urged the Greek Government to fulfill its international obligations,” the statement said.
Source » tehrantimes