Indians were among the crew on the British tanker seized by Iran in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday for violating International maritime regulations.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) confirmed that a UK flagged Stena Impero tanker was confiscated at the request of Hormuzgan Ports and Maritime Organization.
It said that the tanker was led to the shore and handed over to the organization to conduct the legal procedure and required investigation.
The cargo vessel owner Stena Bulk said they have been unable to contact the ship and that the vessel is no longer under their control. However, no injuries were reported so far. Stena Bulk maintains that safety and welfare of the crew will remain that utmost priority.
23 people on board the Cargo vessel were of Indian, Russian, Latvian and Fillipino nationality. Following the seizure US official said that Iran had stopped another tanker – a Liberian flagged MV Masdar.
Masdar was however allowed to leave after Iranian officials were satisfied with the vessel’s compliance of environmental regulations and is no longer within Iranian waters.
Masdar’s manager, Norbulk Shipping UK confirmed that all crew members were safe and that the vessel was released.
Seizing the opportunity US President Donald Trump said it proves that Iran is nothing but a trouble. “This only goes to show what I’m saying about Iran. Trouble. Nothing but Trouble. It goes to show you I’m right about Iran” he added.
On the other hand UK termed the seizure ‘unacceptable.’ Condemning the seizure, the UK said “these seizures are unacceptable. It is essential that freedom of navigation is maintained and that all ships can move safely and freely in the region.”
This is believed to be the second seizure in a span of two months. Tensions are said to have erupted after the US pulled out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) last year.