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UK News Seized British tanker Stena Impero still in Iran - Stena Bulk CEO

17:20  24 september  2019
17:20  24 september  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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British -flagged tanker Stena Impero , detained by Iran in July, is still in the country despite Iranian officials saying it was free to leave, Stena Bulk CEO “She has moved during her time there to get fresh water, among other things, but is still in Bandar Abbas,” Hanell said in a text message, adding

Iran announced the capture of one British -flagged ship in the narrow Strait of Hormuz on Friday, and US officials said that a second had also been seized .

a large ship in a body of water: FILE PHOTO: Stena Impero, a British-flagged vessel owned by Stena Bulk, is seen at undisclosed place off the coast of Bandar Abbas © Reuters/Wana News Agency FILE PHOTO: Stena Impero, a British-flagged vessel owned by Stena Bulk, is seen at undisclosed place off the coast of Bandar Abbas

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - British-flagged tanker Stena Impero, detained by Iran in July, remains in that country even as Iranian officials have said it was free to leave, Erik Hanell, chief executive of the tanker's Swedish owner Stena Bulk said on Tuesday.

Iran's ambassador to Britain, Hamid Baeidinejad, had said in a Twitter post on Monday that the vessel was free to leave after legal hurdles had been cleared.

"The detention order on Stena Impero had been lifted and the vessel is going through the proceedings to leave Bandar Abbas" port, Mohammad Rastad, head of Iran's Ports and Maritime Organization, was quoted as saying on Tuesday by the semi-official news agency ILNA.

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif promised to “expedite” the legal affairs with regards to the UK-flagged tanker Stena Impero which Iran seized last His comments come one week after meeting with Erik Hanell, the chief of Swedish shipping firm Stena Bulk , which owns the seized vessel.

Iran has seized the British tanker Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz. The ship was intercepted by Iranian vessels and forced to sail to a port in Iran .

"She has moved during her time there to get fresh water, among other things, but is still in Bandar Abbas," Hanell said in a text message, adding he had no information as to why the ship had not left Iran.

Iran's seizure of the Stena Impero on July 19 for alleged marine violations, two weeks after Britain detained an Iranian tanker off Gibraltar, ratcheted up tensions in the region following attacks on other merchant vessels which Washington blamed on Tehran. The Iranian vessel was released in August.

Iran has denied responsibility for those attacks, which took place along a vital international oil shipping route.

Relations between the United States, its allies and Iran have become more strained since Washington withdrew last year from a global pact to rein in Tehran's nuclear programme and imposed sanctions on the country that were aimed at shutting down Iranian oil exports.

UK-flagged tanker seized by Iran is 'free to leave'

  UK-flagged tanker seized by Iran is 'free to leave' The British-flagged tanker Stena Impero detained by Iran more than two months ago is set to be released, Iran has said. © Sky News Screen Grab The UK-flagged Stena Impero was detained on 19 July Hamid Baeidinejad, Iran's ambassador to the UK, wrote on Twitter that "pursuant to the completion of the judicial and legal process [the tanker] is now free to leave". Your browser does not support this video require(["binding"], function (binding) { binding("wcVideoPlayer", "#video_player_f920f609-4923-4179-a269-d40dbf677cff").

Iranian media reported Stena Impero had been seized by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. Stena Bulk , the vessel owner, and Clydebank-based ship manager Northern Marine In response to the seizure , Iran threatened to seize a British oil tanker . On 9 July, the UK raised the threat to British

Stena Bulk chief executive Erik Hanell said: “There are 23 seafarers onboard of Indian, Russian, Latvian and Filipino nationality. The Revolutionary Guards said they had seized the Stena Impero , citing international maritime law for their actions. Iran Front Page quoted an unnamed military source

Asked about accusations that Iran had taken the British tanker hostage, Rastad said: "There is no hostage-taking. According to the law, the ship was detained because of violations, and... the rules are to first impose a detention order and then investigate the violations and issue a ruling," ILNA reported.

An Iranian government spokesman said on Monday that all legal steps had been taken for the release of the tanker, Iranian media reported.

"The legal work and administrative procedures for the release of the English tanker have been completed but I have no information on the time of the release," said spokesman Ali Rabiei, according to semi-official news agency ILNA.

(Reporting by Johan Ahlander, editing by Ed Osmond and Bernadette Baum)

Iran releases seized UK-flagged tanker .
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A British-flagged oil tanker held by Iran since July was released Friday and was heading toward the United Arab Emirates, the company that owns the vessel said. Iran's marine and port authority said the Stena Impero left Iran Friday morning. Hours earlier, the tanker had begun transmitting its location for the first time in weeks just outside the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas, where it had been held since its July 19 seizure. The head of the Swedish shipping firm Stena Bulk that owns the tanker said it "has been a long wait" for the vessel and its crew to be released.

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