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Media: Iranian tanker hunted in Greece

A tank ship from the national Iranian tank shipping company NITC is wanted by the Greek coast guard after the ship was rejected by a bunker company on the Greek island of Syros, writes Tradewinds.

Photo: Hasan Sarbakhshian (AP)

The NITC tanker Baikal arrived at Syros on Tuesday with 146,000 tons of crude oil. The ship attempted to refuel at a terminal, but the request was denied that evening, after which the ship sailed on toward Myconos. The coast guard was alerted at Syros, and a hunt for the ship is currently underway in Greek waters, according to Tradewinds.

The Greek authorities suspect that the ship Baikal was making an oil delivery to a Greek customer, or a customer at the Balkans, thus acting in direct violation of the EU sanctions against Iran. No documentation has been found that might indicate the potential customer.

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