Iran’s oil tanker Adrian Darya 1 now off Lebanese coastChristian Fernsby ▼ | September 2, 2019
An Iranian oil tanker pursued by the US that has been traveling across the Mediterranean Sea is now off the coast of Lebanon’s northern city of Tripoli.
Middle East Adrian Darya 1
The ship's Automatic Identification System does not show its destination after its mariners onboard previously listed it as ports in Greece and Turkey. Turkey's foreign minister at one point suggested it would go to Lebanon, something denied by Lebanese officials.
"This tanker is not heading actually to Iskenderun (in Turkey), this tanker is heading to Lebanon," Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Friday.
Lebanese Energy Minister Nada Boustani swiftly dismissed the scenario, stressing that it never buys crude oil because it simply does not have refineries.
She added that Lebanon had not received any docking request from the tanker. ■