The detained Indian tanker MT Desh Shanti is finally released. India has dispatched experts to examine the ship in Iran. MT Desh Shanti was stopped by Iranian naval forces for a reason - polluting an area of the Persian Gulf.
What is happening with the oil tanker now?
MT Desh Shanti is docked at Visakhapatnam port after being released by Iran. Negotiations had success, India reacted with strong protest against the detention.
It was reported by Indian media that India’s Directorate General of Shipping had taken a decision to
send officials to Iran’s southern port of Bandar Abbas to discuss the situation.
The oil tanker has to be inspected for any technical problems.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Araqchi informed a months ago that the country administration asked Indian representatives to come and make an investigation for the pollution caused by MT Desh Shanti. Mr Araqchi told also that the International Maritime Organization (IMO) also sent a warning that the tanker was causing a pollution in the area. The ship then was stopped by the naval forces of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).
MT Desh Shanti was transporting 140,000 tons of Basrah crude from Iraq to India when was stopped. The reason for the detention according to the director general for maritime pollution affairs at the Iranian Department of the Environment, Nima Pourang was that the MT Desh Shanti discharged its oily ballast water about 50km away from Iran’s Lavan Island in the Persian Gulf, creating a 10-mile long oil slick on the water.