Stena Bulk discusses with Iranian Foreign Minister regarding Stena Impero release
As Stena Impero is still under Iranian detention for the 34th day, Stena Bulk’s president and CEO, Erik Hanell discussed in Stockholm on August 21, with the Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. During the talks, Mr. Hanell gave emphasis on the importance of the release of the 23 crew members.
Specifically, according to Stena Bulk’s president and CEO, the two men had a ‘constructive dialogue’, while they shared information around the case.
Erik Hanell highlighted that it is important for the 23 crew members who are on board the ship to be released. The crew is on board for about five weeks, while their ‘families were getting extremely concerned about their loved ones’.
In addition, Mr. Hanell noted that Stena Impero is important to be released as well.
In the meantime, Stena Bulk has written to all the leaders of the countries who have crew on board Stena Impero, asking for support to achieve their release.
Before this development, earlier in the month, the owner of the ship had characterized Iran’s detention of Stena Impero as “unacceptable and unjustifiable”.
What is more, Stena Bulk has earlier noted there were no indications that the ship breached any rules.
The vessel’s 23 seafarers consist of Indian, Russian, Latvian and Filipino nationality