Singapore: Nine days after it was seized by the Iranian Navy, the Maersk Tigris has been released.
Despite reports in Iranian media this morning announcing the release, both Maersk Line and Rickmers Shipmanagement could not confirm the vessel being freed until hours later, confirmed via written statements from both companies.
The statement from Rickmers revealed that the vessel had been officially released by Iranian authorities following an order from the court in Bandar Abbas, Iran. It said that Maersk Line had earlier put up a security in relation to the underlying court case.
Rickmers also said that the entire crew are in a good condition, and that their families had been informed of their release.
The statement read: “The management of Rickmers Group and everyone in the company are delighted that the vessel is no longer held under Iranian control and its valued seafarers are able to resume their normal life and continue their voyage. Rickmers Group wishes to thank all the international authorities and professionals that have advised the company during the time Maersk Tigris was held up in Iran. Rickmers Group would also like to thank the seafarers of the vessel for their very professional and calm handling of the situation.”
In a written statement from Maersk Line, the company said: “The release follows a constructive dialogue with the Iranian authorities, including the Ports & Maritime Organization, and the provision of a letter of undertaking in relation to the underlying cargo case. We will continue our dialogue with the aim to fully resolve the cargo case.”
The vessel will now continue its scheduled voyage to Jebel Ali.