Erik Hanell, president and CEO of Sweden-based Stena Bulk, has written to Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, asking him to enter the efforts personally to secure the release of UK-flagged tanker ship Stena Impero and its primarily Indian crew members. They have been detained in Iran since mid-July.
“Since the ship was seized by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards while passing through the Hormuz Strait, the crew members have been detained on the vessel at anchor off Bandar Abbas,” he wrote in the letter.
Hanell said that, while the seafarers were proud professionals, they were “becoming increasingly concerned about their fate and their families, increasingly worried about the continued detention of their loved ones, particularly as they are guilty of no crime”.
Indian media reports have quoted India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar as saying that the Indian embassy in Tehran is in “constant contact” with the Iranian authorities for the release and repatriation of the 18 Indian crew members on board Stena Impero.
2018-built, UK-flagged, 29,579 gt Stena Impero is owned by Stena Bulk XIII Cyprus Ltd care of Stena Bulk AB of Gothenburg, Sweden. ISM manager is Northern Marine Management Ltd of Clydebank, UK. It is entered with Swedish Club (Gothenburg Team) on behalf of Stena Bulk XIII Cyprus Ltd. Claims leader for marine loss of hire is Gard AS on behalf of Stena Rederi AB. Claims leader for H&M is Swedish Club, with Gard AS having a subscription position.