Images released on Saturday September 7th seemed to show the Adrian Darya 1 2nm offshore the Syrian port of Tartus.
When the then Grace 1 was released from Gibraltar last month after several weeks detention, Iran had promised that the oil was not headed for Syria. However, soon after this Iran said that the cargo had been sold. It then said that the ship had been sold as well.
The vessel “went dark” off Syria earlier last week, turning off its AIS. It has now been photographed by satellite by US space technology company Maxar Technologies, Maxar said on September 7th. Maxar’s supplied image shows the Adrian Darya 1 very close to Tartus on September 6th.
The ship appeared to have turned off its transponder in the Mediterranean west of Syria. Her last signal had given a position between Cyprus and Syria, sailing north at 15:53 GMT on Monday.
The tanker was still thought likely to try to conduct a ship-to-ship transfer with another vessel for part of its cargo.