Dubai: The British-flagged oil tanker, Stena Impero which was seized by Iran in July reached the Dubai port on Saturday.
The Stena Impero, which sailed out of Iranian waters on Friday, was seized by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on July 19, shortly after British forces detained an Iranian tanker off the territory of Gibraltar. The Iranian ship was released in August.
The tanker Stena Impero was taken to an Iranian port because it was not complying with “international maritime laws and regulations,” Iran’s Revolutionary Guard had declared.
Tensions in the region grew since the Trump administration withdrew from Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal a year ago with world powers. After the withdrawal, the U.S. imposed harsh sanctions, including on Tehran’s oil trade, that has sent the Iranian economy into a tailspin.