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Detention of supertanker Grace 1

Supertanker Grace 1

News broke in the UK early on 4 July that a tanker had been arrested in Gibraltar waters. This was the crude oil tanker Grace 1, (IMO No 9116412) Panama-flag, believed to be managed by iships Management Pte Ltd of Singapore.  (Previous names found to have been: Meridian Lion (2013) and Overseas Meridian (2011) both on the Marshall Islands’ Register.

This 330 metres loa, 300,579 dwt crude oil tanker, built in 1997 by Hyundai Heavy Industries of  Ulsan, ROK, was understood to have been carrying a cargo of crude from Iran to a Syrian refinery in contravention of EU sanctions. The vessels was boarded by Royal Marines with the support of the Royal Gibraltar Police and HM Customs.

Grace 1 had sailed the long way around Africa, past the Cape from the Middle East to enter the Mediterranean. This demonstrates the lengths the regime in Iran will take to avoid detection especially as transit of the Suez Canal would have been extensively monitored and the vessel’s intentions made likely.

According to a report in The Gibraltar Chronicle the 28-man crew of Grace 1 was made up of Indians, Pakistanis and Ukrainians and they were being treated as witnesses not criminal suspects.

Following the vessel’s arrest the Chief Minister of Gibraltar, The Hon Fabian R Picardo made a statement on 5 July which we are privileged to publish here:

In the early hours of this morning, Gibraltar Port and Law Enforcement agencies, assisted by a detachment of Royal Marines, boarded a super tanker carrying crude oil to Syria.

We have detained the vessel and its cargo.

This action arose from information giving the Gibraltar Government reasonable grounds to believe that the vessel, the Grace 1, was acting in breach of European Union sanctions against Syria.

In fact, we have reason to believe that the Grace 1 was carrying its shipment of crude oil to the Banyas Refinery in Syria.

That refinery is the property of an entity that is subject to European Union sanctions against Syria.

Yesterday (4 July) we published Regulations and a Notice to enforce those sanctions against this vessel and its cargo.

I also gave a Direction requiring the Captain of the Port, assisted by the Royal Gibraltar Police and Her Majesty’s Customs to take control of the Grace 1.

With my consent, our Port and Law Enforcement agencies sought the assistance of the Royal Marines in carrying out this operation.

As the sanctions being enforced are established by the EU, I have written this morning to the Presidents of the European Commission and Council, setting out the details of the sanctions which we have enforced.

I want to thank the brave men and women of the Royal Marines, the Royal Gibraltar Police, Her Majesty’s Customs Gibraltar and the Gibraltar Port Authority, for their work in securing the detention of this vessel and its cargo.

Be assured that Gibraltar remains safe, secure and committed to the international, rules-based, legal order.

The Minister’s video statement is available here: https://www.gibraltar.gov.gi/press-releases/detention-of-super-tanker-the-grace-1-5062019-5095

Police and Customs

It was reported that in total about 60 officers worked together on the operation. The Royal Gibraltar Police and HM Customs have had approximately 50 officers on board conducting various roles. Currently the vessel is at anchor in Gibraltar waters.

According to a statement from the Gibraltar Government on 5 July owner(s) of the vessel are not clear and it is expected that this will unfold during the course of the investigation.

Extension of Detention

On 5 July the Attorney General of HM Government of Gibraltar obtained an Order from the Supreme Court of Gibraltar extending the period of detention of the Grace 1 by 14 days.

Under the Regulations made pursuant to the Gibraltar Sanctions Act, the dynamic detention of the vessel allowed the authorities to stop the ship for 72 hours.  Continuing the period of detention beyond that required an Order of the Gibraltar Supreme Court upon an application from HM’s Attorney General for Gibraltar.

The Supreme Court granted the Order after a hearing In Private and issued this order on the basis that there are reasonable grounds to consider that the detention of Grace 1 is required for the purposes of compliance with the EU Regulation 36/2012 on sanctions on Syria.

Comment on Detention

In relation to its actions regarding Grace 1, HM Government of Gibraltar has confirm that all its decisions were taken as a direct result only of it having reasonable grounds to believe that the vessel was acting in breach of established EU sanctions against Syria.  

The Gibraltar Government in a statement emphasised that there had been no political request at any time from any Government that the Gibraltar Government should act or not act, on one basis or another. 

Comment on the cargo

HM Government of Gibraltar confirmed on 8 July at 1703 BST that after having received the results of comprehensive laboratory testing, that the Very Large Crude Carrier, Grace 1, which was detained in the early hours of Thursday morning (4 July), is loaded to capacity with crude oil.   

The results of these tests conclusively prove and confirm the information disseminated last week (week commencing 30 June) by the Gibraltar Government and contradict the statements of some commentators from outside the jurisdiction who had speculated that the cargo on the vessel was not crude.

Grace 1 was detained last week in Gibraltar when it freely navigated into British Gibraltar Territorial Waters (BGTW) to a point two miles off the Eastside of Gibraltar, having previously exited the international waters of the Straits of Gibraltar, on a pre-arranged call for provisions and spare parts.   

Grace 1’s position well inside BGTW when boarded can clearly be seen on the attached screenshot.  The ship remains detained in that area.

The detention of the vessel relates to the suspected destination of the cargo, the Banyas refinery in Syria, which is owned by a company, the Banyas Oil Refinery Company.  This company is the subject of European Union sanctions under EU Regulation 36/2012, which is directly applicable in Gibraltar.  

The investigations of the Royal Gibraltar Police continue and the vessel remains detained under an Order of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Gibraltar.

 

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It was reported on 19 September that ABB will install the Port of Incheon’s first shore-to-ship power facility, enabling passenger vessels to cut emissions, noise and vibrations at the berth

ABB has secured the contract covering the Republic of Korea’s commitment to sustainable shore-to-ship power, after a pilot scheme for passenger ships to plug into the local grid received approval from Incheon Port Authority (IPA). (Our attached illustration is reproduced by kind permission of the Port of Incheon ©)

Juha Koskela, Managing Director, ABB Marine & Ports commented: ‘As the first agreement covering shore-to-ship power in South Korea, this is a truly significant breakthrough for ABB. We are honoured to be selected by IPA to support their efforts in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from ships, as well as moving towards increasingly sustainable port operations.’

In addition to a new $160 million ferry terminal opened in April 2019,  the Port of Incheon inaugurated South Korea’s largest cruise terminal in June this year. Given its metropolitan location and IPA’s ambitions to develop its ‘Golden Harbor’ vision for Incheon as a new tourism hub for the Northeast Asia, environmental credentials rank highly in port priorities, it is reported.

At the start of this year’s London International Shipping Week on 9 September Nusrat Ghani, Maritime Minister, on behalf of the UK Government, confirmed that it will enable construction of a new advanced ship for the General Lighthouse Authority, Trinity House, to replace the ageing THV Patricia (illustrated, © Trinity House), built in 1982 by Henry Robb of Leith.

The new vessel, yet to be named, will provide and service aids to navigation in some of the most dangerous waters, marking channels and hazards and taking advantage of the latest technology.

Of this provision Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani, said: ‘Our maritime sector is crucial to UK trade with 95% of our imports and exports transported by sea. With our waters becoming busier all the time, dealing with incidents quickly and efficiently is more important than ever. This new ship will support the General Lighthouse Authority to help future-proof their fleet and continue to support maritime safety and trade for generations to come.’

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It was reported on 19 September that ABB will install the Port of Incheon’s first shore-to-ship power facility, enabling passenger vessels to cut emissions, noise and vibrations at the berth

ABB has secured the contract covering the Republic of Korea’s commitment to sustainable shore-to-ship power, after a pilot scheme for passenger ships to plug into the local grid received approval from Incheon Port Authority (IPA). (Our attached illustration is reproduced by kind permission of the Port of Incheon ©)

Juha Koskela, Managing Director, ABB Marine & Ports commented: ‘As the first agreement covering shore-to-ship power in South Korea, this is a truly significant breakthrough for ABB. We are honoured to be selected by IPA to support their efforts in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from ships, as well as moving towards increasingly sustainable port operations.’

In addition to a new $160 million ferry terminal opened in April 2019,  the Port of Incheon inaugurated South Korea’s largest cruise terminal in June this year. Given its metropolitan location and IPA’s ambitions to develop its ‘Golden Harbor’ vision for Incheon as a new tourism hub for the Northeast Asia, environmental credentials rank highly in port priorities, it is reported.

At the start of this year’s London International Shipping Week on 9 September Nusrat Ghani, Maritime Minister, on behalf of the UK Government, confirmed that it will enable construction of a new advanced ship for the General Lighthouse Authority, Trinity House, to replace the ageing THV Patricia (illustrated, © Trinity House), built in 1982 by Henry Robb of Leith.

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