Reported by the Gibraltar Chronicle, the U.S. has requested the continued detention and seizure. A spokesman said “The US Department of Justice has applied to seize the Grace 1 on a number of allegations which are now being considered,” the spokesman said.

A spokesman from the Gibraltar Government has confirmed that the Grace 1’s captain and three officers have been released from arrest.

On July 4th the ship was seized in British waters on suspistion it was shipping 2.1 million barrels of crude oil to Syria, in breach of EU sactions. Current sanctions prohibit the direct or indirect supply of economic resources to Syria.

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