On Friday, British-flagged oil tanker, Stena Impero had been held off the Iranian Port of Bandar Abbas for nearly two months, set to sail, informed a shipping organization of Iran.
The seizure of Stena Impero was widely considered as a challenging move after British Authorities in the overseas territory of Gibraltar has arrested an Iranian oil tanker over the suspect of its oil shipping to Syria in violation of the European Union Sanctions.
Tehran has often refused that the cases were related as last month, it has ordered the Iranian oil tanker’s release despite an 11-hour US legal bid to retain it.
Hormozgan Province’s Maritime Organisation has said that “the Stena Impero started sailing from the mooring towards the Persian Gulf’s international waters as of 9:00 am (0530 GMT) today.”
It continued, “Despite the vessel’s clearance, its legal case is still open in Iranian Courts.”
The captain and crew members of the vessel have also “given a written, official statement that they have no claims.”
On July 19, Iranian Revolutionary Guards has seized the oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz after surrounding the vessel with attack boats and rappelling onto its deck.
The vessel was seized off the Port of Bandar Abbas for reportedly failing to reply to distress calls and turned off its transponder after knocked with a fishing boat
Out of 23 crew members of the oil tanker, 7 of them were released on September 4.