BREAKING/UPDATE: Second British Ship Has Been Allowed to Continue its Course; the First One Sized by Iran Remains Uncontactable

BREAKING/UPDATE: Second British Ship Has Been Allowed to Continue its Course; the First One Sized by Iran Remains Uncontactable


The British operated, Liberian-flagged ship, the MESDAR, has been allowed to continue its course after Iranian officials followed up with the ship on its environmental regulations, according semi-official Iranian news agency TASNIM, citing Iranian military officials in the Persian Gulf.

According to MarineTraffic.com, the MESDAR has picked up speed and is now headed in a western direction into the Gulf, instead of north to Iran.

The ship has left Iranian waters, according to semi-official Iranian news agency MEHR.

The Stena Impero, THOUGH, is no longer under the control of the crew and remains uncontactable, according to a statement from its owner Stena Bulk and ship manager Northern Marine Management.

“There have been no reported injuries and the safety and welfare of our crew remains our primary focus,” the statement continued. The 23 people onboard are of Indian, Russian, Latvian and Filipino nationality.

The vessel was in full compliance with all navigation and international regulations, the company also said.

On Friday, Iran seized the ships in the Strait of Hormuz, according to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and US officials. Iran said the ships were “violating international regulations.”

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