Iran releases Maersk ship from Hormuz strait

Iranian state TV announces the Maersk left Iranian territorial waters Thursday

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

After nearly ten days of being held by Iranian authorities, the Maersk cargo-ship has left Iranian territorial waters, Iranian state TV announced Thursday.

The Marshall Islands flagged cargo-ship was seized on April 28 along with its crew in the Iranian waters of the straits of Hormuz, which led US Navy ships to accompany any American cargo ships passing through the Hormuz strait.

The ship’s crew had no US nationals, and were mostly from Eastern Europe and Asia, although there was one British national aboard.

The US pentagon and Maersk - the Danish shipping company - had insisted on the release of the vessel and its 24 crew members since it’s seizure.

Maersk had released a statement confirming the ship was in international waters upon its seizure. However, Iranian officials continue to deny that was the case, saying the ship had violated Iranian waters and ignored direct orders to turn back.

"The Maersk container ship was released and it has left Iranian territorial waters," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham told the Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA).

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