Seized tanker remains in Iranian waters

The Advantage Sweet, a Suezmax with 24 Indian crew members operated by Turkey’s Advantage Tankers, remains at an Iranian anchorage after being seized by Iranian forces on Thursday. In the days that followed, since the ship – owned by China’s SPDB Financial Leasing – was launched into international waters, it emerged that Iran was acting in retaliation for a Greek-managed tanker that U.S. authorities arrested eight days ago for transporting Iranian oil are subject to sanctions.

TankerTrackers.com has determined that the Advantage Sweet, which was kidnapped in the Gulf of Oman, was taken to the Bandar Abbas anchorage in Iran, where she is now. The ship was carrying a cargo of crude oil to Houston for Chevron when it was stormed by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Navy Corps. The last time Iran seized tankers, it took up to six months for the crews to be released.

A spokesman for Advantage Tankers said over the weekend: “We remain very concerned for our crew and want them to be repatriated as soon as possible.”

According to maritime security firm Ambrey, a Marshall Islands-flagged, US private-equity owned and Greek-managed tanker was seized by US authorities at least five days before Iran seized the tanker. This tanker was suspected of transporting Iranian crude oil in violation of US sanctions. US authorities intercepted the ship after receiving a court order.

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