May 1, 2015, 10:32 PM
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Iranian embassy: Maersk Tigris ship to leave Iran after paying debts

Tehran, May 1, IRNA – Iranian embassy in Denmark in a statement on Friday announced that the ship belonging to Maersk Shipping Line will be allowed to leave Iranian waters after paying its debts and settling its cases with private complainants.

“The Maersk Tigris ship was seized on April 28 upon a court verdict issued after private complainants complained about the debts of the ship to Iranian companies,” part of the statement read.

The Iranian embassy in Copenhagen reiterated that the seizure of the ship by the Iranian authorities has taken place in accordance with Iran’s laws and regulations as well as international law.

Maersk Co. confirmed on Wednesday that the crew is safe. Cor Radings, a spokesman for the ship’s operator, Rickmers Ship Management in Singapore, said the company had been in touch by phone with the crew earlier in the day.

“We have had the confirmation that they are in relatively good condition and safe on board the ship,” he said.

Radings identified the crew members as “mainly from Eastern Europe and Asia.” He said the ship was owned by “private investors” but would not elaborate.

Iranian sources had earlier stated that the crew members were from Britain, Bulgaria, Romania and Myanmar.

International law recognizes Iran that has the lengthiest coastline (more than 2,000km) on the rims of the Persian Gulf as to be in charge of security in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz.

In Iran, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy is responsible for protecting security of territorial waters in the Persian Gulf, while the naval forces of the regular army are in charge of security in the Caspian Sea as well as missions in the high seas.