Vietnam in talks with Iran over oil tanker Sothys

Vietnam’s foreign ministry has said that it was working with Iran to resolve the murky situation surrounding tankship Sothys (IMO 9253064) which Iran was alleged to have seized in the Sea of Oman.

Iran released long but edited footage of a spat between Iranian Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) vessels and a US Navy vessel

Iran and the US gave mutually inconsistent accounts of what happened to the tanker. The IRGC said that they had successfully thwarted an attempt by the US Navy to seize the vessel carrying Iranian oil. The US Ministry of Defense said that Iran had seized the tanker and taken it from international waters into Iranian waters, and that it had merely been monitoring the situation.

Vietnam’s foreign ministry said that it was working closely with the relevant Iranian authorities to resolve the issue. The captain confirmed to the Vietnamese embassy in Tehran on October 27th that all 26 crew members were in good health and that they were being treated well.

Talks had taken place on a diplomatic level in Hanoi and Tehran “to verify information and settle the incident to ensure safety and humane treatment for Vietnamese citizens,” Vietnam foreign ministry spokeswoman Pham Thu Hang told a regular briefing.

As of November 7th the ship remained moored on Bandar Abbas Anchorage.

2003-built, Vietnam-flagged 58,166 gt Sothys is owned and managed by OPEC Petrol Transportation Co of Hanoi City, Vietnam.