Pegas remains detained in Greece

Tankship Pegas (IMO 9256860), which has been seized by Greek authorities on April 8th under the EU and US sanctions, remains detained, with 19 Russian crew members on board.

The Greek Anti-Money Laundering Authority ordered the seizure of the tanker off the southern coast of Evia island. The EU and the US have imposed sanctions on five Russian ships owned by PSB Lizing OOO, a subsidiary of Russian state bank PSB. The vessel was also among the five ships included in the US list. It had sailed from Marmara and was supposed to transfer its cargo to another ship in Kalamata. However, it suffered mechanical damage and as a result was towed by another vessel to a safe anchorage off Karystos, where its identity and connection with PSB were identified by the Greek authorities.

The current beneficial owner of the vessel is Jamaldin Pashaev, the Russian owner of 17 ships based in Astrakhan. The ship has changed names, flags and owners several times. On April 21st it had been reported the vessel was set to be released as the new registered owner was not included in any sanction lists.

However, the vessel remains at Karystos due to its mechanical problems, although its cargo was reported to have been seized.

Advocacy group United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) claimed that the tanker had loaded around 700,000 barrels of crude at Sirri Island on August 19th 2021.

2003-built, Russia-flagged, 61,991 gt Lana / Pegas is owned and managed by Transmorflot LLC of Akhty, Russia. It was renamed the Lana on March 1st. As of May 7th the vessel was at Karystos Anchorage, Greece.