British oil tanker Stena Impero held in Iran leaves port for Dubai


A BRITISH oil tanker held in Iran has reportedly started moving towards Dubai.

The Stena Impero had been seized in July after Britain impounded Iranian tanker Adrian Darya 1 off Gibraltar.

The Stena Impero was seized by Iran

Footage showed balaclava-clad Iranian commandos abseil onto its deck as they seized the vessel.

But Refinitiv ship-tracking appears to show the vessel has now exited the Bandar Abbas port in southern Iran this morning.

It is expected to head to Port Rashid in the United Arab Emirates, about 155 miles away.

Stena Bulk reported this morning the tanker was “preparing for departure from Bandar Abbas”.

It comes after the Iranian Foreign Minister confirmed they were preparing for the vessel’s release last week.

A statement read: “We are preparing for the release of the detained British tanker and legal proceedings are nearing completion.”

They had earlier released seven out of 23 crew members for “humanitarian reasons”.

British warship HMS Montrose sped to help the tanker Iran but arrived ten minutes too late.

In response Boris Johnson ordered the Royal Navy to accompany all British-flagged vessels through the Strait of Hormuz.

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