Greece will transfer oil to the US from the Russian tanker Lana (Pegas), which was detained in mid-April this year, as TASS reported on May 26 with reference to the press service of the Ministry of the Navy and Island Policy of Greece.
Earlier, on April 19, it became known about the detention of the Pegas oil tanker in Greece. The Greek authorities detained the tanker in the Aegean Sea due to restrictive measures against ships from Russia, renaming it Lana due to EU sanctions.
It is specified that the ship was carrying crude oil. Due to a mechanical malfunction, the tanker was escorted by a tug on its way to the Peloponnese, where the oil was to be reloaded into another tanker. But because of the weather, the Russian tanker anchored near Karystos.
Initially, the detention requirement applied only to the ship itself, and not to the cargo being transported. On April 22, it even became known that the Russian tanker Pegas, with 19 crew members on board, was released. It was noted that the owners of the vessel submitted official documents of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), according to which the ownership of the tanker was transferred to a company not subject to sanctions.
However, in early May, the US sent a request for assistance to the Greek judicial authorities and demanded the seizure of cargo from the ship. Washington also called for an appropriate investigation, since the oil was Iranian, and the company that should have benefited from the sale is suspected of financing terrorism.
“Based on the court decision, it is expected that the cargo of the tanker Lana will be transferred to the United States. The vessel is located in the port of Karystos [on the island of Euboea],” the press service reports now.