The seizure came two weeks after Iran threatened to retaliate against the U.K. for impounding an Iranian tanker in the British overseas territory of Gibraltar in early July. “The vessel has left the port of Bandar Abbas [in Iran] and is transiting to Dubai for the crew to disembark and receive medical checks and de-briefing,” said Stena Bulk Chief Executive Erik Hanell. “The families of crew members have been informed and the company is currently making arrangements for the repatriation of its valued seafarers at the earliest possible opportunity.” Related The tanker’s seizure has soured relations between Iran and the U.K. when the Trump administration was pressuring European allies to join its maximum-pressure campaign to isolate Tehran. “The Stena Impero was unlawfully seized by Iran,” said U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab. “It is part of a pattern of attempts to disrupt freedom of navigation.” “We are working with our […]