Lawyer: Iranian supertanker captain no longer wants the job

Lawyer: Iranian supertanker captain no longer wants the job
A view of the Grace 1 supertanker is seen backdropped by Gibraltar's Rock, as it stands at anchor in the British territory of Gibraltar, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, seized last month in a British Royal Navy operation off Gibraltar. The United States moved on Thursday to halt the release of the Iranian supertanker Grace 1, detained in Gibraltar for breaching EU sanctions on oil shipments to Syria, thwarting efforts by authorities in London and the British overseas territory to defuse tensions with Tehran.(AP Photo/Marcos Moreno)

MADRID (AP) — A lawyer representing the captain of an Iranian supertanker caught in a diplomatic standoff says his client no longer wants to be in command of the ship, which is in need of repairs that could prevent its immediate departure from Gibraltar.

The tanker — and its cargo of 2.1 million tons of Iranian light crude oil — remains still, shrouded in heavy fog in waters off the British overseas territory a day after authorities lifted a detention order for breaching European Union sanctions.

The United States had tried to stop the release but authorities in Gibraltar say they went ahead after Iranian authorities promised not to deliver the fuel to a sanctioned refinery in Syria.

Richard Wilkinson, a lawyer for the three crew members released Thursday from detention, says Friday the Indian national who commanded the Grace 1 haa asked his Iranian employers to replace him.