British Tanker Stena Impero Leaves Iranian waters
One week after its release from detainment, the British tanker Stena Impero left Bandar Abbas for international waters.
Last week, Hamid Baeidinejad, the Iranian ambassador to Britain announced that the legal process for the tanker is over and the British tanker can now leave Iranian shores. He claimed that the tanker’s “violation” was overlooked, and the decision has been made for it to be released.
Erik Hanell, president and CEO of Stena Bulk, which owns the Stena Impero also announced at the time that the political decision to release the tanker has been made.
Stena Impero was detained over two months ago by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as it was passing through the Strait of Hormuz in response to the seizure of the Iranian tanker Grace 1 (now Adrian Darya 1) in Gibraltar by the British forces for violating EU sanctions against Syria.
Grace 1 was later released and delivered its oil to Syria despite the Islamic Republic and foreign minister Zarif’s assurances that the ship’s destination is not Syria. Stena Impero was also supposed to be released after the release of Grace 1, but the IRGC continued to detain the British ship.