Company guarantees that crew of Portuguese-flagged ship seized by Iran are fine


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Container shipping company MSC confirmed today that the crew of the ‘MSC Aries’, seized on Saturday by Iran, are safe and added that there are “ongoing discussions” with the Iranian authorities for their release.

In a statement, MSC recalled that the ship “was seized by the Iranian authorities on April 13 in the Strait of Hormuz while transiting international waters” and stressed that the 25 crew members, most of whom are Indian, “are well”.

“We are also working with the Iranian authorities to release the cargo,” said the company, considering that the episode “is serious”.

“The [ship] ‘MSC Aries’ is owned by Fortal Shipping Inc. and has been leased by MSC,” the statement said, guaranteeing that “it will continue to provide an uninterrupted and regular service” in the region.

The ship, which was flying a Portuguese flag (registered in the Autonomous Region of Madeira), was seized on Saturday by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard for allegedly being linked to the Zodiac Maritime Limited group, partly owned by Israeli millionaire Eyal Ofer.

According to Tehran, “the ship was directed to Iranian territorial waters due to a violation of international maritime regulations”.

On Tuesday, Portugal summoned the Iranian ambassador to Lisbon to protest against the recent attacks against Israel and to demand the “immediate release” of the ‘MSC Aries’.

At the meeting, Portuguese Foreign Minister Paulo Rangel insisted on “demanding the immediate release of the ship ‘MSC Aries’, in light of Portugal’s obligations as a flag state”.

“The release of the crew, who must be treated with dignity while the ship remains under arrest, was also demanded, as the explanations given so far are not consistent,” added the Portuguese government.

Hervé Hubert
Hervé Hubert
Hervé Hubert is a 55-year-old writer and journalist based in Porto, Portugal. Born in France, he brings a unique blend of French and Portuguese perspectives to his work. Education Hervé studied Journalism and Literature at the University of Lyon in France. After completing his studies, he gained valuable experience working with various French media outlets (Portugal France also). Career He worked for several years as a journalist in France before making the move to Portugal. In Porto, he joined the Portugal Pulse team as a staff writer. Skills Hervé specializes in storytelling, investigative journalism, and cultural commentary. He has a flair for capturing complex issues in a relatable way. Personal Life He currently resides in Porto and enjoys the city's rich culture, from Fado music to Francesinha cuisine. Hervé continues to maintain strong ties to his French heritage, often traveling back to France for family visits and cultural exploration. With his unique background and diverse skill set, Hervé Hubert adds a layered, multicultural lens to every story he covers.

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