Posted on September 4, 2019
The sailors – five Indians, one Latvian and one Russian – have already left the Stena Impero, a foreign ministry spokesman told state television.
Iran has alleged that the vessel broke “international maritime rules”. The seizure came two weeks after an Iranian tanker was held off Gibraltar with the help of the Royal Marines. That ship, now called the Adrian Darya 1, was suspected of violating European Union sanctions on Syria. But it was released by Gibraltar on 15 August.
The Swedish company that operates the Stena Impero, Stena Bulk, has said it is not aware of any evidence that it breached any maritime rules or regulations, and that it stands behind the professionalism and conduct of the crew members.