July 20, 2019 / 3:03 PM / 5 months ago

Owners of seized tanker preparing formal request to visit crew in Iran

Stena Impero, a British-flagged vessel owned by Stena Bulk, is seen at Bandar Abbas port, in this undated handout photo. Tasnim News Agency/Handout via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - Stena Bulk, the Swedish-based owners of the UK-flagged tanker detained by Iran, said on Saturday they were preparing a formal request to visit its 23 crew members.

“Our insurers in the region have been in contact with the Head of Marine Affairs at the Port of Bandar Abbas, who has reported that the crew members of our vessel Stena Impero are in ‘good health’...,” Stena said in a statement.

The Iranians had asked that a formal request be made for a visit to be arranged to the crew members and vessel and that one was duly being prepared, it said.

The crew of the seized Stena Impero are of Indian, Russian, Latvian and Filipino nationality, Stena said.

Reporting by Stephen Addison; Editing by Gareth Jones

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