SINGAPORE, April 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Rickmers Group reports that following our urgent request to Iranian authorities a representative of our company today has been allowed to board the vessel Maersk Tigris, managed by Rickmers Shipmanagement (Singapore), to attend to our valued crew of 24 seafarers.
In his contacts with the crew our representative has been able to establish that all seafarers are safe and on board the vessel. Given the current circumstances they are all in a good condition.
Maersk Tigris was seized by the Iranian Navy on Tuesday April 28 and has since been under control of the authorities.
Rickmers Group has meanwhile learned from information issued by the Ports & Maritime Organization in Iran and from media statements from Iranian officials, that the seizure of Maersk Tigris apparently is related to a cargo dispute with Maersk Line, the charterers of the vessel, which dates back to 2005.
We would like to stress that Maersk Line is not the owner of Maersk Tigris and has no involvement in the day-to-day-operation of the vessel.
Furthermore we would like to emphasize that we take our responsibilities as an international service provider to the shipping industry very seriously complying with all applicable laws and regulations as we have done on our scheduled commercial voyage from Jeddah to Jebel Ali.
As we believe our crew, the vessel and our company have no part in the current issue between Iran and Maersk Line we see no valid reason for the detention of the ship and would therefore like to do an urgent and strong appeal to the Iranian authorities for the immediate release of our seafarers and the vessel.
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In the meantime all our efforts will be aimed at ensuring the wellbeing of our crew and their families. Simultaneously we will continue to liaise with relevant international authorities and professional advisors to come to a swift resolution of this very serious matter.
SOURCE Rickmers Shipmanagement (Singapore)