News ID: 322578
Published: 0432 GMT June 26, 2022

Iranian tanker seized in April free to set sail: Greece

Iranian tanker seized in April free to set sail: Greece

The Iranian-flagged Lana tanker ship seized by Greece in April at the request of the United States can resume navigation, the Greek port police said on Sunday.

The Greek authorities had seized the vessel on April 19 off the island of Euboea. According to reports at the time, it was carrying 115,000 tons of Iranian oil which was to be transferred to the US.

On June 9, a Greek government official said a regional court in the country had ruled that Iranian oil must be returned, AFP wrote.

A Greek regional court had ordered the return to Iran of the confiscated oil on June 9, but a few days later a new court decision had temporarily prohibited the departure of the ship following the request of a Greek tugboat marine logistics company that demanded charges for the provision of certain services.

The tanker which was in Karystos, a port in the south of Euboea, headed on Sunday to the port of Piraeus, where its captain presented certificates of seaworthiness before setting sails, the Greek port police said.

Reimbursement of debts to the tugboat company has also been made, according to a diplomatic source.

The source added that Athens was "highly hopeful" that Iran would quickly release the two Greek tankers that had been seized on May 27.

Iran's Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said earlier this month that the seizure of the two tankers was retaliation against Greece because it stole Iranian oil.






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