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Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya free from any sanctions: Baeidinejad

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

Sun / 18 August 2019 / 12:37

Tehran (ISNA) - Iranian ambassador to London, Hamid Baeidinejad stressed that Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya is free from any sanctions and its oil cargo belongs to the National Iranian Oil Company.

"Renaming the Iranian oil tanker from Grace 1 to Adrian Darya carrying Iranian oil created this wrong perception for some that the move was meant to circumvent the sanctions. Iran renamed Grace 1 to Adrian Darya because Panama as the previous flag state of the ship had refused to continue to keep it registered after it was detained in Gibraltar for alleged breach of sanctions on Syria,"Baeidinejad wrote on his official Twitter account.

"Based on maritime regulations, a ship bears the flag of the country where it is registered and therefore, it should have a name chosen by that country" he added.

"Naturally, with the registration of the ship in Iran, a new Iranian name was picked for it. The tanker is free from any sanctions and its oil cargo belongs to the National Iranian Oil Company," the ambassador went on to say.

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