The Philippine government is coordinating with Iranian officials to guarantee that the Filipino sailor, who was among the 23 crew members of a British-flagged ship confiscated by Iran on Friday night, is safe and immediately released.
MT Stena Impero was seized during the transit of the Strait of Hormuz by the Iranian authorities on the afternoon of July 19. Iran said the petroleum tanker registered in the United Kingdom was in an accident with an Iranian fishing ship and overlooked its appeal for trouble.
Fred Santos, Ambassador to Iran, is contacting Iranian officials to seek assurance that the Filipino seafarer will be secure and released quickly.
The Filipino manning agency, based in the Philippines, has already notified his family of the event and is offering the required help, said the DFA. Its overseas counterpart is also in contact with the United Kingdom officials on the ship’s location and the seafarers’ situation on board.
“The manning agency said no recorded injuries were recorded and it was known that the ship was going to Iran’s coast.
Unidentified intruders allegedly boarded MT Stena Impero following an approach by tiny crafts and a helicopter while transiting the Hormuz Strait in international waters.
Authorities have been unable to contact the ship that is now tracking north to Iran. Iran’s news agency Fars said all 23 Stena Impera employees are now at the port of Bandar Abbas and will stay on the ship until an inquiry is completed.
The Philippines is one of the biggest shipping manpower suppliers in the globe.
Manning oil tankers, luxury liners, and passenger and fishing ships globally are a majority of Filipino seamen or more than 20 percent of the world’s 1.2 million sailors, exposing them to piracy assaults and marine accidents.