The ill-famed Adrian Darya 1 oil tanker is less than ten nautical miles away from the Syrian coast, sources informed Fox News.
As per the report, Akhilesh Kumar, the tanker’s captain has continually been declining to comply with the planned Iranian crude oil delivery. Instead, he has asked to be replaced or dismissed, the report further said.
The vessel, previously called Grace 1, had shut down its Automatic Tracking Systems while it sailed towards the Syrian waters on Monday.
Adrian Darya 1, by entering the Syrian coast, was disobeying a commitment made with the UK that gave permission for its release from the Gibraltar authorities.
The ship is carrying 2.1mn barrels full of crude oil which is worth about $130mn. The Treasury Department had hit the vessel as well as its captain on Friday with sanctions, with the latest penalty targeting the energy industry of Iran.
Iranian tankers often shut down their tracking systems in an attempt to hide the cargo.
There are tensions brewing in the Arabian Gulf post a summer full of attacks launched by Iranian proxies and Iran on the Western oil vessels as well as infrastructure.
The Donald Trump administration on Tuesday imposed further sanctions upon Iran, targeting the space agency of the country this time.