Iranian authorities freed the British tanker Stena Impero, which was detained in the Strait of Hormuz by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC, Iran’s elite units), The Telegraph reported.
"The legal process has finished and based on that the conditions for letting the oil tanker go free have been fulfilled and the oil tanker can move,” said Ali Rabiei, a government spokesman.
On July 19, IRNA reported that a British-flagged Stena Impero tanker was detained in the Strait of Hormuz after turning off the receiver of an automatic recognition system and did not respond to warnings from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. According to the IRGC, the vessel was detained in connection with a violation of international rules” and escorted to shore for inspection. Later, authorities in the Islamic Republic said the tanker was involved in an incident with an Iranian fishing vessel.
In early September, Iranian authorities allowed seven crew members of the tanker, including one Russian, to leave Iran and go to the UAE. After that, 16 crew members remained on board - this is the minimum to ensure the functioning of the vessel in case of going out to sea.