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Sonatrach Oil Tanker Freed from Iranian Authorities

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Sonatrach, Algeria’s state-run oil and gas firm, revealed on July 21 that Iranian authorities had freed its oil tanker one hour and 15 minutes after it was forced to enter Iranian territorial waters on July 19.

The tanker, MESDAR, of 2,000,000-capacity, sailing in the Strait of Hormuz was asked by the Iranian coastguard to enter territorial waters.

Sonatrach said in a statement that the situation was cleared after an emergency hotline was set up between the two countries. The company also indicated that there was no human or material casualties and the cargo continued its journey to Tanura in Saudi Arabia to onload oil for the Chinese company UNIPEC.