GENEVA, Sep 27 (Reuters / EP) –
The British tanker 'Stena Impero' has finally left this Friday the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas, where he had been arrested since last July for alleged dangerous maneuvers in the Strait of Hormuz, as reported by the Maritime Organization and Ports of Iran.
“The ship is in motion,” confirmed Erik Hanell, CEO of Stena Bulk, a company that owns the 'Stena Impero'. “We will give more information when it has reached international waters,” he added.
The Iranian authorities have clarified that, despite their departure, the legal case against 'Stena Impero' for the “violations” of the Law of the Sea committed remains open.
The British flag Stena Impero was arrested on July 19 by the Revolutionary Guards of Iran in the Strait of Hormuz, just two weeks after Gibraltar stopped a super-oil tanker with a shipment of Iranian crude on suspicion that the Final destination was Syria.