Stena Impero: Seized British Tanker Leaves Iran's Waters

September 27, 2019



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A British tanker detained by Iran was released and has left Iranian territory. The Stena Impero, which is owned by the Swedish company Stena Bulk, was seized in the Strait of Hormuz on July 19 by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), two weeks after an Iranian tanker was detained in Gibraltar. Iranian authorities held the Stena Impero in Bandar Abbas port under accusations of colliding with a fishing boat and not responding to calls. Iran's Ports and Maritime Organization announced that it had released the Stena Impero "despite there being an open court case" against it. The tanker has since reappeared on shipping tracking websites.