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Iran said it had released the oil tanker with 26 Vietnamese sailors

Iran’s representative to the United Nations said that the Sothys oil tanker seized at the end of last month had left the country’s territorial waters and entered international waters.

“Sothys left Iranian waters last night, after the oil was removed from the ship,” Shahrokh Nazemi, spokesman for Iran’s mission to the United Nations, said today.

News agency AP navigation data on the marine tracking site MarineTraffic showed that the Sothys had left the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas and was in international waters in the Gulf of Oman this morning.

Oil tanker MV Sothys off the coast of Singapore in May. Photo: Fleetmon.

The Sothys oil tanker off the coast of Singapore in May. Photo: Fleetmon.

AP On November 3, citing an unnamed source, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) seized the Vietnamese-flagged Sothys oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman on October 24. Photos released by Iranian media showed the IRGC using speedboats, patrol boats close to the Sothys oil tanker, while soldiers landed on the ship using Bell 412 helicopters.

Marine data shows that the most recently registered owner of Sothys was Hanoi-based OPEC Petroleum Transport Company.

At a regular press conference on November 4, Deputy Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Pham Thu Hang said that Vietnam has worked with Iranian authorities to resolve the matter soon. Ms. Hang informed that all 26 Vietnamese crew members on board the Sothys were treated well, with normal health conditions.

Vu Anh (Follow AP)

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