US advocacy group United Against a Nuclear Iran (UANI), which monitors Iran-related tanker traffic through ship and satellite tracking, said Linda was transporting Iranian oil transferred from another ship at sea on Jan 30.
The vessel had loaded crude oil from an Iranian port 10 days prior to conducting the transfer to Linda, UANI’s chief of staff Claire Jungman told Reuters, citing satellite data.
Reuters was unable to independently verify the information.
The destination of the oil was not known but it could be transferred to another ship off Malaysian or Singapore waters, Jungman said.
According to the United States, Linda is owned by PSB Leasing, a unit of Russian lender Promsvyazbank, which has also been hit by international sanctions.
In a statement sent to Reuters, Promsvyazbank said PSB Leasing did not own Linda, adding that the vessel was redeemed by its owner in April 2021. The bank did say who the owner was.
French authorities on Saturday seized another ship, Baltic Leader, that they said was owned by PSB Leasing.
Promsvyazbank has similarly denied that its subsidiary owned the vessel.