Seized British tanker to reach international waters

Seized British tanker to reach international waters

Stena Impero, a British-flagged vessel owned by Stena Bulk. (Photo/Reuters)

The British-flagged oil tanker seized by Iran in July will reach international waters at roughly around 1000 GMT, the Swedish owner of the tanker said on Friday.

"In about two hours," Stena Bulk CEO Erik Hanell said in a text message at 0804 GMT, adding the company had a well-prepared security plan for the vessel once it reached international waters.

Iran seized the British tanker on July 19 near the Strait of Hormuz for alleged marine violations. Earlier this week Iranian officials said all legal hurdles had been cleared for the ship to be released.