Iran to Release Seized British Oil Tanker Stena Impero, Report - TNBC UK

The UK-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero seized a few months ago by Iran, has been released today, informed the Ports and Maritime Organisation in the Southern Iranian Province of Hormozgan. 

On Sunday, the Ports and Maritime Organization of Iran in Hormozgan Province’s Head Allahmorad Afifipour has said, “After the issuing of the ruling for the end of detention of the English tanker Stena Impero this vessel will soon, and after the passing of 65 days, begin its movement from the port of Bandar Abbas toward international waters.”

Legal procedures were being carried out to permit the oil tanker to move out of Iranian water, Mr. Afifipour continued that there is an ongoing probe into the reported violation by the oil tanker, reported source. 

Stena Impero with 23 crew members on-board, was seized on July 19 by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards in the Strait of Hormuz while on its way from the UAE to Saudi Arabia. 

Iranian Authorities have accused the oil tanker of violating maritime navigation rules, which refused by the United Kingdom and the crew members of the vessel. 

The seizure was reported a couple of weeks after the requisition of an Iranian oil tanker ‘Grace 1’ by British Navy off the Coast of Gibraltar due to suspects that it carried oil to Syria, which violated sanctions imposed by the European Union (EU). 

Iran Authorities had warned that it would take strict action the United Kingdom in retaliation for the seizure of Grace 1, which Tehran termed as an “act of piracy”. 

Grace 1 is now popular as Adrian Darya 1, was released in mid-August. 

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