Update: Stena Impero whilst transiting the Straits of Hormuz was illegally boarded and detained by Iranian authorities
The Chamber is obviously deeply concerned by the turn of events on Friday evening when the Stena Impero whilst transiting the Straits of Hormuz was illegally boarded and detained by Iranian authorities. Since then we have been working tirelessly with the UK Government and its agencies to resolve the situation.
The top priority must be the safe return of the vessel and its crew. Then
as quickly as possible the restoration of security and confidence in the region
such that normal trading can be resumed in a safe environment. And
thirdly, whilst recognising that this is on one level a UK problem, it is
essentially an international one given that the Iranians have broken
International law and that the Stena Impero, whilst UK flagged is Swedish owned
and has a multi national crew. It therefore requires an international solution
and whilst we prefer a diplomatic way forward, if the international solution
has to be underpinned by military support with a de-escalatory mandate as a
deterrence, then so be it.