Greece had seized Russia’s oil tanker with 19 crew members on board under Ukraine sanctions levied by the EU, Reuters reported. Per Business Insider, the Greek coast guard mentioned on Tuesday that it had detained Pegas, a Russian-flagged tanker, near the town named Karystos, per Reuters.
With limited exemptions, in early April, the EU banned Russia’s vessels from entering the ports in the bloc. Before it was seized, Pegas suffered a mechanical breakdown and had to be pulled by tugs toward the Peloponnese peninsula in Greece, where its cargo was to be shifted to yet another vessel, per Athens News Agency.
However, during the journey, the tanker was compelled to moor near Karystos due to rough seas, where it was then seized by the authorities of Greek port, per Athens News Agency. The Associated Press reported that the Pegas had been seized on Friday. The Greek coast guard said it had not seized the Pegas’ cargo, per Reuters.
Pegas departed from Marmara Ereğlisi, a town located in Turkey. It sailed for five days till it reached Karystos, per Marine Traffic, a vessel-tracking website. The tanker was constructed in 2003. It is 249 meters in length and is valued at about $15.9 million.