TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf (all times local):
Iran’s marine and port authority is saying a British-flagged oil tanker held by Iran since July has left Iran.
The statement came Friday morning, around two hours after a ship-tracking website showed the Stena Impero began transmitting its location for the first time in weeks. The company that owns the ship said it was preparing to leave Iran.
The marine and port authority said on its website the vessel left Iranian waters at 8:30 a.m. (5 a.m. GMT) heading to international waters.
Iran seized the tanker in July in the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow mouth of the Persian Gulf through which 20% of all oil passes. That came just weeks after authorities in Gibraltar, a British overseas territory, seized an Iranian oil tanker carrying some $130 million in crude oil. It was seized on suspicion of breaking European Union sanctions on Syria.
A ship-tracking website shows a British-flagged oil tanker held by Iran since July has transmitted its location for the first time in weeks.
MarineTraffic.com, citing satellite data, showed the Stena Impero just outside the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas Friday morning, where it had been held since being seized by Iran on July 19. There was no immediate comment from the ship’s owners or Iranian authorities.
The data showed the ship was stationary at 8:18 a.m. local time (4:48 a.m. GMT).
On Monday, a government spokesman in Iran said legal proceedings against the vessel had concluded.
Iran seized the tanker in the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow mouth of the Persian Gulf through which 20% of all oil passes.