UK tanker Stena Impero leaves Iran port headed for Dubai
Detained Brit-flagged tanker Stena Impero has been released by Iran and is making its way towards Dubai, reports suggest.
The vessel was seized by Iran's Revolutionary Guard in the Strait of Hormuz on July 19 after allegedly breaking sea regulations.
According to ship-tracking data, the tanker started moving on Friday and left Bandar Abba and headed for Port Rashid around 155 miles to the south.
Stena Impero was detained by Tehran allegedly in retaliation for Britain's seizure of an Iranian tanker two weeks previous off the coast of Gibraltar.
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Officials in the UK claimed the vessel was carrying oil to Syria – a violation of UN sanctions.
The regime slammed the seizure as an act of piracy and accused Britain of being in the back pocket of Washington.
Estimates suggest that if the ship travels at regular speed then it should reach its destination in no more than half a day.
Iran’s foreign ministry had said on Wednesday that a lifting of the detention order had been finalised, but that an investigation into the vessel was ongoing.
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The ship’s owner, Stena Bulk of Sweden, later said it was not in negotiations with Iran and was not aware of any formal charges against the crew or the company.
Iran had earlier freed seven of the ship’s 23 crew members.
Tehran has been at loggerheads with the US since last year, threatening to rip up its 2015 nuclear deal.
Donald Trump reimposed economic sanctions, adding that any other nation who traded oil with the state would face similar consequences.
Hassan Rouhani's regime previously breached the level of uranium it was permitted to enrich under the 2015 pact.
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