July 25, 2019 / 5:14 PM / 3 months ago

Crew of tanker seized by Iran have spoken to families: owners

Stena Impero, a British-flagged vessel owned by Stena Bulk, is seen at Bandar Abbas port, July 21, 2019. Picture taken July 21, 2019. Iran, Mizan News Agency/WANA Handout via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - The owners of a British-flagged oil tanker seized last week by Iran said crew members had been able to talk directly to their families for a limited time and all those on board were reported to be safe and well.

“Stena Bulk and Northern Marine Management continue to hold dialogue with all the governments and authorities directly involved in order to secure the release of crew and vessel,” the companies said in a statement on Thursday. “We await a decision from the local authorities on our request to attend the vessel.”

The Stena Impero was detained by Iran on Friday. Its 23 crew members are of Indian, Russian, Latvian and Filipino nationality, Stena has said previously.

Reporting by William Schomberg; editing by Stephen Addison

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