An Iranian-flagged tanker named Lana that anchored off the Piraeus port goes to retrieve part of its cargo this week. The cargo was confiscated by the US and sailed again to Iran, after a Greek prime court docket ruling, authorities sources talked about on Wednesday.
The case strained relations between Tehran and Athens amid rising tensions between Iran and the US.
The removing of oil from the Lana, previously Pegas, prompted Iran’s forces to grab two Greece-based tankers within the Center East Gulf. The seized tankers haven’t been launched but.
The Supreme Court docket’s ruling (Greece) is in favor of Iran, an nameless Greek authorities official talked about. The official stated that the ruling, which has not but been made public, had come to the information of the federal government on Tuesday.
One other authorities official additionally confirmed the identical ruling. A authorities spokesperson added that the federal government wouldn’t be commenting on the court docket’s selections.
For greater than two months, Lana was beneath arrest off the island of Evia in Greece.
The Greek authorities gave approval for its launch earlier in July 2022, after a judicial panel dominated in favor of an Iranian agency, overturning an earlier court docket order, and the vessel that had engine issues had been tugged to Piraeus.
Greek media stories mirrored that the US challenged that call bringing the case earlier than the Supreme Court docket of Greece.
The US authorities officers had no rapid feedback to make.
A part of the Iranian oil cargo of the ship was transferred to a different one named the Ice Vitality that was reportedly employed by the US and is moored off the Piraeus port.
Lana was anticipated to get gasoline on 27 July and take a look at the engine in order that it may begin the oil switch towards the week’s finish after which, sail off, the primary official knowledgeable Reuters.
References: US Information, SWI, IRNA, Reuters