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Stena Impero on the move

Detained by Iran since July 19 the Stena Impero is finally on the move although the shipowner, Stena Bulk, has not yet heard officially from local authorities, nor the ship’s master, whether or not the vessel is now free to depart Iranian waters.

Satellite images from this morning show the ship has upped anchor from Bandar Abbas, however a spokesperson for Stena Bulk told Splash today that the company had not heard anything official as to whether the product carrier had been freed.

Over the weekend, Iranian politicians had intimated that the UK-flagged ship was about to be released.

Iran detained the ship while it was transiting the Strait of Hormuz, widely seen as retaliation for British armed forces taking an Iranian VLCC off Gibraltar 15 days prior.

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.


  1. Is there any reliable update from satellite on Adrian Darya 1’s position ? Is she still loaded off Tartus or has she safely exited Suez, empty, and therefore Stena vsl has been released ?

    1. She was still in the anchorage of Tartous yesterday, facing southeast instead of southwest, most liklely due to the current. Anchored and fully laden with oil.

  2. I think it would be best to follow statements by owner Stena Bulk if the ship is released or not.
    A few hours ago the company stated that Stena Impero is still detained.

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