British-flagged tanker Stena Impero detained by Iran 'may be released today'
The Stena Impero was detained by Iran's Revolutionary Guards in the Strait of Hormuz waterway for alleged marine violations on July 19, two weeks after Britain seized an Iranian tanker off Gibraltar.That vessel was released in August.Swedish public broadcaster SVT quoted Stena Bulk Chief Executive Erik Hanell as saying: "We have received information now this morning that it seems like they will release the ship Stena Impero within a few hours.
"So we understand that the political decision to release the ship has been taken."We hope to be able to head out within a few hours, but we don't want to anticipate events."We want to see that the ship sails out of Iranian territorial waters."
Read More Top news stories from Mirror Online Swedish radio reported that he was currently travelling to Iran, according to Stena Bulk spokespersons.Stena Bulk spokesman Will Marks declined to confirm the company had been informed of a possible release today.
"The vessel is still being held and the negotiations are ongoing, and until we have official confirmation and the vessel is lifting up its anchor and sailing out of Iranian waters we can't confirm anything else," he said.On September 4, Iran released seven of the vessel's 23 crew members.
Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said at the time that Sweden had been in daily contact with Iran at a high political level since the vessel was seized.Britain called on Iran to release the ship and its remaining crew immediately. Read more: Daily Mirror »
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