On Thursday Gibraltar's Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said he received assurances from Iran that Grace 1's cargo was not destined for Syria. On Thursday, the British struck a deal to return the impounded ship.
The Iranian supertanker Grace 1 remains off the coast of Gibraltar.
"He doesn't want to stay in command of the ship, he wants to go home, because he wasn't happy to go back and pick up the broken pieces", said Wilkinson.
The Grace 1 was seized by British Royal Marine commandos at the western mouth of the Mediterranean on July 4 on suspicion of violating European Union sanctions by taking oil to Syria, a close ally of Iran.
The boat's navigation plan "showed a fully marked-out route" from the Gulf to the Syrian port of Baniyas, it said.
Tehran claimed that Stena Impero was in violation of "international maritime rules", but the move was widely seen as retaliation for the detention of the Grace 1.
Britain on Thursday reiterated its demand that Iran release the Stena Impero.
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Iran denied Friday it had made any promises about the ship's destination to secure the release, saying Gibraltar was only seeking to "save face".
He said the new crews were Indian and Ukrainian nationals hired by the Indian managers of the ship and that his company had not been informed about the supertanker's next destination. Spain's Acting Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said that the oil tanker had been detained at the United States' request. "Apparently, we have been unsuccessful", O'Hanlon said.
But the vessel's fate was further complicated by a last-ditch USA legal appeal to hold it. "This piracy attempt is indicative of Trump admin's contempt for the law".
The captain and three officers from Grace 1 had their police bail lifted and were formally released without any charges.
The capture of the tankers heightened tensions just as European nations scramble to try to save a landmark nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic after the USA pulled out of the accord in May previous year and started imposing sanctions on Iran.
Trump said the 2015 deal did not do enough to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons or engaging in other perceived malign behaviors. In recent weeks, oil tankers in the region have been the subject of attacks and seizures, dragging among others London and Tehran into a bitter diplomatic row.
The warrant marks the first attempt by the United States to seize a ship since President Trump walked away from the global deal over Iran's nuclear program and imposed tough new sanctions.
"The written position... confirms that the Islamic Republic of Iran has provided the commitment referred to..."