Stena Impero Docks in Dubai after 2-Month Detention in Iran

Stena ImperoImage Courtesy: Stena Bulk

The released tanker Stena Impero safely docked in Dubai in the afternoon hours of September 28, the ship’s owner confirmed.

Erik Hanell, President and CEO of Stena Bulk, said that the company met with all the crew. He added that the seafarers “are in good spirits and looking forward to a well-deserved extended leave ashore.”

“The sole concern and focus of Stena Bulk & Northern Marine Management throughout this worrying period has been for the safety of the crew and their timely release. Our support for them and their families will continue for as long as is required,” Hanell noted.

“Considering the circumstances of the past 10 weeks, the vessel is in good condition, which is testament to the professionalism of the Master and his crew who attended to their duties throughout.”

Hanell further noted that the families of crew members have been informed and the company is making arrangements for the repatriation of the sixteen seafarers “at the earliest possible opportunity.”

The 46,575 cbm ship was detained near the Strait of Hormuz for alleged marine violations on July 19. After being held in the port of Bandar Abbas for over two months, Stena Impero left Iranian waters last week.

Iran’s Ports & Maritime Organization said that, although the ship ban was lifted, the process of investigating violations and announcing the final results of the legal proceeds is ongoing.

Stena Bulk informed that the 2018-built tanker, with a new crew on board, will have a period of time in Dubai, where checks will be made before it re-enters service.

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