Greek Court Blocks Departure Of Russian Oil Tanker

Athens, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – fifteenth Jun, 2022 ) :A Greek court docket blocked on Tuesday the departure of a Russian-flagged cargo ship carrying Iranian oil seized on the behest of the United States.

A Greek judicial supply mentioned a court docket had ordered a “temporary departure ban” on the Russian ship on the request of a Greek tugboat firm demanding cost from the vessel’s proprietor for its providers.

It is the newest authorized twist in a saga that has seen Tehran seize two Greek-flagged oil tankers within the Gulf in retaliation.

On Thursday, a Greek authorities official mentioned a regional court docket within the nation had dominated that the oil be returned to Iran regardless of a US effort to get the cargo.

The official mentioned Athens had been “very hopeful” the transfer would result in the discharge of two Greek-flagged tankers that Iran seized final month.

The Pegas was moored close to the Greek island of Evia when its cargo was seized in keeping with European Union sanctions imposed towards Russia following its invasion of Ukraine in February.

According to data on the time, the tanker was carrying 115,000 tonnes of Iranian oil.

The Pegas was later renamed the Lana, and Greek authorities mentioned the ship and its crew can be launched.

But the oil was held on the request of the US Justice Department, and a course of to switch the cargo to a US-chartered vessel had been underway.

“The Greek government issued the relevant order, and now we are witnessing the lifting of the ship’s seizure and the return of the cargo to its owner,” the Ports and Maritime Organization of Iran mentioned in an announcement earlier Tuesday.

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