UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — A British-flagged tanker that Iran held for 10 weeks docked in Dubai on Saturday after a standoff that fueled tension in a vital global oil shipping route.
The tanker, Stena Impero, emerged from Iranian waters on Friday after being seized by the Revolutionary Guards on July 19 shortly after British forces seized an Iranian tanker off the Gibraltar area. The Iranian ship was released in August.
A Reuters photographer said the tanker had docked at Mina Rashid in Dubai.
Earlier, Eric Hanel, chief executive of Stena Palc, the owner of the tanker, told Reuters in Stockholm via text message that the tanker “is now finally approaching landing in Dubai”.
Stina Balck said the crew would undergo medical examinations and questioning in Dubai before returning home. Seven of the 23 crew members were released this month.
A spokesman for Stina Balak said the crew were still on board from India, Russia and the Philippines.
“Of course the crew’s morale is high. They will be examined by medical specialists as soon as they dock, but the captain told us they are all healthy. ”
The detention of the ship, which Iranian authorities said was due to naval violations, followed attacks on other merchant ships in the Gulf in May and June. The United States has accused Iran of responsibility for the attacks but Tehran denies.
Tensions have been running high since the United States withdrew from a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers aimed at curbing Tehran’s nuclear activities and Washington’s decision to reimpose sanctions aimed at halting Iranian oil exports.
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