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Iranian tanker seized in Indonesia has been released: Report

Iranian tanker seized in Indonesia has been released: Report

Iranian-flagged crude oil tanker MT Horse is escorted to Batam, Riau Islands, Indonesia, on Jan 26, 2021. (Photo: Reuters/Indonesian Coast Guard (BAKAMLA), Indonesian Navy (TNI AL), handout)

JAKARTA: An Iranian-flagged tanker seized by Indonesia in January has been released, Iran’s state broadcaster reported on Saturday (May 29), saying that the vessel has resumed its mission before returning home.

Jakarta said at the time that its coast guard had seized the MT Horse vessel over the suspected illegal transfer of oil in the country's waters.

However, the Iranian foreign ministry said the seizure was over "a technical issue and it happens in shipping field".

"The MT Horse, belonging to the National Iranian Tanker Company that had been detained in Indonesian waters since Jan 24, was released on Friday,” state broadcaster Seda va Sima said.

“This vessel has now resumed its mission before returning to the country’s waters,” it added without giving further details.

The Indonesian coast guard said they were checking the Iranian report.

READ: Indonesia says it has seized Iranian and Panamanian tankers

READ: Indonesia escorts seized Iran-, Panama-flagged tankers to Batam dock for investigation

Iran, which is under harsh United States sanctions that mainly target its oil exports, has been accused of concealing the destination of its oil sales by disabling tracking systems on its tankers.

Last year, it used the MT Horse to deliver 2.1 million barrels of condensate to Venezuela, which is also under US sanctions.

Source: Reuters/kg

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