Iran didn’t release the seized British-flagged oil tanker, Stena Impero, yet despite it had lifted detention order of the ship citing an ongoing inquiry. According to a foreign ministry spokesperson, Abbas Mousavi the Swedish-owned tanker has alleged accusations of inflicted damages on the environment.
Iran detained the Stena Impero tanker in the Strait of Hormuz over charges of not following maritime rules. The seizure was the retaliatory move by Iran as two weeks earlier Gibraltar held off Iranian oil tanker for supplying oil to a Syrian refinery under EU sanctions.
Gibraltar released the Iranian tanker on 15 August on the assurance of not delivering oil to Syria. The released ship footages spotted it near the coast of Syria which prompted the US anger. Now the Iranian ambassador to the UK has informed vessel can freely go anywhere following the decision of judicial proceedings.
Meanwhile, Stena Bulk official reported that regardless of the statements, the Stena Impero didn’t release. The vessel still held at the anchor in Bandar Abbas port. Mr. Mousavi wrote on Twitter that lifting of the detention order has finalized but still inquiry related to violations and environmental damage still ongoing. The owner and captain of the ship expressed surprise over the decision as they didn’t accuse of anything.
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