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SEIZED TANKER NOW RELEASED AND ON THE MOVE

Friday, September 27, 2019 

More than two months after UK-flagged, Swedish-owned tanker 'Stena Impero' was seized and detained by Iranian authorities, the ship is reported by its owners to be on the move, and the crew released.

Erik Hanell, CEO of Stena Bulk, said the Stena Impero had left the port of Bandar Abbas, where it had been anchored since 20 July, and was en route to Dubai. On arrival the crew would be debriefed and given medical checks. "Full support will be offered to the crew and families in the coming weeks to assist with their recovery," he said.

The ship had been detained by the Iranian Islamic Revolution Guard, following accusations, strongly denied by its owner, that it had been involved in a collision with a fishing boat, after which it failed to respond to calls. Sven crew members had been freed earlier in September, but the remaining 16, 13 Indians, two Russians and one Filipino, were held on board.

The Iranian Ports and Maritime Organisation issued a statement which confirmed the release of the Stena Impero "despite there being an open court case".

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