Grace 1 expected to leave Gibraltar today

The Grace 1, a VLCC that sparked huge geopolitical tension in the Middle East over the past six weeks, is being widely tipped to leave Gibraltar waters today.

It is understood that the authorities in the British territory have had assurances from the ship’s master that the vessel will not head for sanctions-hit Syria, the reason why it was detained on July 4.

The ship’s departure will hopefully lead to the freeing of the Stena Impero, a UK-flagged product tanker held in Iran since July 19 in retaliation for the Grace 1 seizure.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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