Sailed into a trap

Published in Klassekampen on August 2, 2019.
Original title: Seilte i USAs felle

This story details how the Iranian owned oil tanker Grace 1 was seized by British authorities outside the coast of Gibraltar on July 4th, 2019. Through an agreement with Panama, the US was able to strip Grace 1’s Panamanian flag, where it was registered. Since sailing without a flag is illegal, Grace 1 was forced to hoist the Iranian one.

The following confusion is believed by experts to have led to the British seizure of the oil tanker. It was believed that allowing the ship to continue – with its massive load of oil headed towards a port in Syria – was against EU sanctions on the Assad regime.

The story can be read here.

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