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Iran’s tanker spat with Greece nears conclusion

Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organisation (PMO) said on Tuesday the Iranian-flagged Lana ship seized in April by Greece has been freed and its oil cargo will be returned to its owner. MarineTraffic data shows the ship remains at anchor to the east of Athens this morning.

A Greek court overturned an earlier ruling last week that allowed the confiscation by the United States of part of the Iranian-flagged tanker’s Iranian oil cargo.

The incident led to Iranian forces last month seizing two Greek tankers in the Gulf.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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