Iranian-flagged oil tanker Lana (former Pegas) (file photo)

Iranian-flagged oil tanker Lana (former Pegas)

Iran Reports Release Of Oil Tanker Seized By Greece

6/14/2022

Iran's Ports and Maritime Organisation (PMO) said on Tuesday the Iranian-flagged Lana tanker seized in April by Greece is no longer impounded.

The semi-official Mehr news website quoting Iranian officials sadi that the oil cargo will be returned to its owner.

"With the swift and authoritative action of Iran, the Greek government finally issued an order and we are now witnessing the lifting of the ship's seizure and the return of its cargo to its owner," the PMO told Mehr.

The ship, previously called Pegas and renamed Lana in March, had reported an engine problem in April. It was headed to the southern Peloponnese peninsula to offload its cargo on to another tanker but rough seas forced it to moor just off Karystos where it was seized, according to the Athens News Agency.

A Greek court overturned an earlier ruling last week that allowed the confiscation by the United States of part of the Iranian-flagged tanker's Iranian oil cargo off the Greek coast, three sources familiar with the matter said.

The US has sanctioned Iranian oil exports since 2018.

The incident led to an angry response from Iran, with Iranian forces last month seizing two Greek tankers in the Gulf after Tehran warned it would take "punitive action" against Athens.

There is still no word about the fate of the Greek tankers, but in similar cases in the past Iran has released seized vessels if there was a reciprocal agreement.

With reporting by Reuters

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