The crew of the British-flagged Stena Impero tanker that was seized by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards are all safe, the head of the Ports and Maritime Organisation of Iran in Hormozgan Province said.
'All 23 crew aboard the ship are safe and in good health in Bandar Abbas port,' Allahmorad Afifipour said. Britain has denounced Iran’s seizure of the oil tanker in the Gulf as a 'hostile act', rejecting Teheran’s explanation that it had seized the vessel because it had been involved in an accident.
Stena Bulk, the vessel’s Sweden-based owners, said they were preparing a formal request to visit the crew, who are from India, Latvia, the Philippines and Russia. Stena said Iran had asked that a formal request be made for the visit.