Tehran: Iran claims to have released the captured seven Indian crew members aboard the “Stena Impero”, the British-flagged oil tanker, seized by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in July, the country’s foreign ministry spokesperson Abbas Mousavi said on Wednesday.
Erik Hanell, the CEO of Stena Bulk, the Swedish firm who operates the vessel has said that he ho got confirmation from Iranian authorities that the seven crew members will be released.
“They are still on board the ship as far as we know, so now we are awaiting more information about when they will be safely transported out of the country. We have had ongoing communication with the Iranian authorities during the last few days, and we hope to get more information today,” said Hanell.
The IRGC had captured the Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz on July 19 amid tensions between the US and Iran.