Seven of tanker Stena Impero's crew attain Dubai after Iran frees them

FILE PHOTO: Stena Impero, a British-flagged vessel owned by Stena Bulk, is seen at undisclosed place off the coast of Bandar Abbas

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Seven of the 23 crew members of the British-flagged tanker Stena Impero that was seized by Iran in July reached Dubai on Thursday after Tehran agreed to their launch, a Russian official mentioned.

The Swedish-owned Stena Impero was detained by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on July 19 within the Strait of Hormuz for alleged marine violations, two weeks after Britain detained an Iranian tanker off the territory of Gibraltar. That vessel was launched in August.

An official with Russia’s embassy in Tehran mentioned the seven crew members — one Russian, one Latvian and 5 Indian nationals — obtained their visas in Tehran on Wednesday after which flew to Dubai.

The remaining 16 crew members will stay onboard the ship “till the destiny of the tanker itself is set”, the Russian official mentioned.

The Stena Impero’s 23 crew are of Indian, Russian, Latvian and Filipino nationality, the vessel’s Swedish proprietor Stena Bulk has mentioned.

Stena Bulk individually confirmed on Thursday that the seven crew members had been launched and have been touring to a protected location.

“We proceed to work tirelessly to acquire the discharge of the remaining crew onboard the Stena Impero and can proceed to offer all attainable help to their households throughout this troublesome time,” Erik Hanell, Stena Bulk’s chief government and president, mentioned in a press release.

“As now we have said beforehand; from the knowledge now we have, there isn’t any present proof the Stena Impero breached any maritime guidelines or laws.”

A number of worldwide service provider vessels have been attacked within the Gulf this yr in incidents which have rocked world commodity buying and selling. Washington blames Iran, which denies the accusation.

Iran has denounced U.S. efforts to arrange a coalition and says nations within the area can shield waterways and work in the direction of signing a non-aggression pact.

The seizure of the Adrian Darya 1 Iranian tanker exacerbated tensions between Tehran and the West which were rising since the US final yr give up a global accord curbing Iran’s nuclear program and reimposed financial sanctions.

(Reporting by Maria Vasilyeva in Moscow and Jonathan Saul in London; Modifying by Catherine Evans)

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