Indonesia last Friday released an Iranian flag cargo ship that it had seized four months ago for allegedly illegally transferring crude oil, according to the Islamic Republic’s state-owned oil company, National Iranian Oil Co.
The ‘MT Horse’ “was released after 125 days and will return to Iranian waters upon completion of its mission,” according to the company’s brief statement, which contains no further details and was collected by the official Iranian news agency IRNA.
“The experienced and dedicated personnel of the tanker remained sacrificed to the defense of national interests despite ongoing difficulties and the absence of their families. The ship has now resumed its mission and will return to the waters of the country,” the statement said.
Indonesian authorities arrested both MT Horse and Panamanian flag MT Freya in late January for carrying out a ship-to-ship oil transfer, disabling identification systems and spilling oil during the trial.
In response, Iran blamed “technical problems” for the seizure of the tanker.