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Stena Bulk ceo appeals to government leaders to help with releasing seafarers

Stena Bulk’s president and ceo Erik Hanell has made direct appeals to the leaders of India, Russia, Latvia and the Philippines on securing the release of 23 seafarers detained by Iranian authorities onboard its tanker Stena Impero.

The Swedish shipping company said Hanell has appealed to the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi on the release of 18 Indian seafarers amongst them.

Hanell has also made similar appeals to the leaders and Foreign Affairs Ministers of Russia, Latvia and the Philippines with the aim to resolve the situation.

The seafarers have been held on the vessel since 19 July, and Stena Bulk believes the pressures are growing on both crew and their families and that their immediate release is essential for their well-being.

The 2018-built, 49,683-dwt Stena Impero was seized by Iranian forces on 19 July during transit of the Strait of Hormuz while the vessel was in international waters.

Read all the Seatrade Maritime News coverage of the seizure of the Stena Impero