Iran  Thursday ordered the release of oil tanker MV Desh Shanti, detained by Iranian authorities since August 12.

The oil tanker, operated by the Shipping Corporation of India, was seized by Iranian authorities for pollution concerns.

The Shipping Corporation of India said orders for release of the tanker have been issued but the ship was still in dock pending posting of insurance guarantees.

Nima Pourang, director general for maritime pollution affairs in Tehran, said the tanker has been detained because it discharged its oily ballast water 30 miles away from Iran’s Lavan island in the Persian Gulf which caused a 10-mile-long oil slick on the sea.

India had rejected the pollution charge.


Leave a Reply