August 16, 2019 / 2:12 PM / a month ago

Grace 1 tanker starts to move: Reuters reporter

GIBRALTAR (Reuters) - The Grace 1 Iranian tanker caught in a standoff between Tehran and the West started to move on Friday and there was more smoke from the tanker’s chimney, a Reuters reporter saw a day after its detention was lifted.

The Grace 1 was seized by British Royal Marine commandos in darkness at the western mouth of the Mediterranean on July 4 on suspicion of violating European Union sanctions by taking oil to Syria, a close ally of Iran.

Gibraltar authorities could not immediately be reached for comment.

Reporting by Marco Trujillo in Gibraltar; Additional reporting by Kate Holton; Writing by Joan Faus; Editing by Ingrid Melander

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