Iran has released a Marshall Islands-flagged container ship and its crew which were seized last week in one of the world’s major oil shipping lanes, the vessel’s operator has said.
The ship was diverted on 28 April by Iranian patrol boats in the strait of Hormuz, prompting the US to send vessels to monitor the situation and to accompany US-flagged vessels passing through the strait.
Iran had said the vessel would be let go once a years-old debt case with the ship’s charterer Maersk Line was settled.
“All crew are in a good condition. The news has been conveyed to the families of the seafarers,” the operator and manager said in a statement.