Iranian tanker not heading to Mersin says Turkey, on-board oil sold says Tehran

An Iranian tanker at the center of a confrontation between Washington and Tehran is no longer recorded as heading for Turkey, Refinitiv Eikon shipping data showed on Aug. 26, having switched to a Turkish destination at the weekend.

The vessel, fully laden with oil, had previously been heading to the port of Kalamata in southern Greece but Greece had said it would not offer any facilities to the tanker.

Shipping data on Aug. 24 had then indicated the vessel was to dock at the southern Turkish port of Mersin on Aug. 31.

On Aug. 26, Refinitiv Eikon data did not specify any destination for the Adrian Darya. Its location is currently south of mainland Greece, west of the island of Crete.

Tehran now claims it has already sold the oil, which was transported by the Adrian Darya 1 tanker, without revealing who the buyer is.

Statements by the Iranian government’s spokesman, transmitted by the IRIB news agency, indicate that the tanker’s next destination will be decided by its owner.