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Monday, July 22, 2019 

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has reacted to reports that the product tanker 'Stena Impero', sailing under the UK flag,- has been diverted from its original course in the Strait of Hormuz while apparently sailing in international waters.

Guy Platten (pictured), ICS Secretary General, said: “We are extremely concerned about this latest development in the Strait of Hormuz, particularly in respect of the safety of seafarers. We call on all authorities to work together to seek a swift and transparent resolution to the situation and to ensure that crews are kept safe.

"Freedom of navigation is vital for global trade and we encourage all nations to uphold this fundamental principle of maritime law. In the 21st century it is not acceptable for seafarers and ships to become pawns in any way, they must be allowed to operate in safety. We will be reviewing the situation and remain in contact with relevant authorities.”

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