Released British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero docks in Dubai after it was seized by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards in the Strait of Hormuz and held for two months
- British-flagged Stena Impero was seized by Revolutionary Guards on July 19
- Chief executive of ship’s owner said: ‘Finally approaching berth in Dubai now’
- Seven of the 23 crew members on board were freed earlier this month
The British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero has docked in Dubai, pool reports and a tracking website said, after it sailed from the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas where it was held for over two months.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards seized the vessel in the Strait of Hormuz on July 19 after surrounding it with attack boats and rappelling onto its deck.
The vessel was impounded for allegedly failing to respond to distress calls and turning off its transponder after hitting a fishing boat.
The Stena Impero sailed out of Iranian waters yesterday.
The Stena Impero (pictured) sailed out of Iranian waters yesterday, having been seized by their Revolutionary Guards on July 19
British forces had detained an Iranian tanker off the territory of Gibraltar shortly before this. The Iranian ship was released in August.
Erik Hanell, the chief executive of Sweden’s Stena Bulk, which owns the ship, said: ‘Finally approaching berth in Dubai right now.’
Stena Bulk said the crew would receive medical checks and would be debriefed in Dubai, which lies across the Gulf from Iran, before travelling home to their families. Seven of the 23 crew were freed earlier this month.
The crew who were still on the vessel came from India, Russia and the Philippines, a Stena Bulk spokesman said before the ship had docked.
‘The crew are in high spirits, understandably. They will be checked by medical professionals once ashore, but the captain has informed us all are in good health,’ he said.
The Iranian tanker was later released. Iran this week freed seven of the 23 crew members of the British-flagged tanker
The seizure of the vessel, which the Iranian authorities said was for marine violations, followed attacks on other merchant tankers in Gulf waters in May and June.
The United States blamed those attacks on Iran, which Tehran denied.
Relations between Iran and the United States and its allies have deteriorated since Washington withdrew last year from a global agreement to rein in Tehran’s nuclear work and imposed sanctions aimed at shutting down Iranian oil exports.