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'STENA IMPERO' CREW REPORTEDLY SAFE AT IRANIAN ANCHORAGE

Sunday, July 21, 2019 

Stena Bulk has released statements regarding the tanker 'Stena Impero' and its crew, which on 19 July was reported to be no longer under the control of its crew and was in the Strait of Hormuz, heading towards Iran, having been approached by several small unidentified craft.

A company statement said: “Our insurers in the region have been in contact with the Head of Marine Affairs at the Port of Bandar Abbas, who has reported that the crew members of our vessel Stena Impero are in ‘good health’ and that the tanker is at the nearby Bandar Bahonar anchorage. The Head of Marine Affairs has asked a formal request be made for a visit to be arranged to the crew members and vessel. We can confirm this formal request is being prepared forthwith. Our insurers have also advised that the Head of Marine Affairs has confirmed to them that no instructions have been received so far as to what will happen to the ship.”

Subsequently, Stena Bulk President and Chief Executive Erik Hanell said: “I can confirm a formal request for permission to visit the 23 crew members of the Stena Impero has been made to the authorities at the Port of Bandar Abbas. The request has been acknowledged, but we await a formal response. In the meantime, we will continue to co-operate and liaise with all appropriate authorities."

Hanell added: “All of Stena Bulk and Northern Marine Management’s efforts and focus continue to be on the welfare and safe return of our crew and supporting their families during this very difficult time. Our local staff in India, Latvia, Philippines, Russia are in constant touch with the families and we will continue to do everything humanly possible to keep them informed and to support them in every way we can.”

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