New Delhi, Sept. 7 (Reuters): Iran has released an Indian crude oil tanker that was detained last month over pollution concerns, an Indian shipping official said on Saturday.
The tanker, Desh Shanti, carrying 140,000 tonnes of Iraqi crude, sailed on Friday night, said captain Sunil Thapar, the director of bulk carriers and tankers at the state-run Shipping Corporation of India (SCI).
“She sailed last night at 2354hrs after being finally released from detention,” Thapar said, declining to say if any pollution damage claims were made.
The tanker is owned by the SCI and was carrying crude oil for Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd.
Iraq was India’s biggest supplier of crude in June, pipping Saudi Arabia for the top slot with exports of 606,000 barrels per day. Exports from Iran, which used to be India’s second-biggest supplier, have dwindled because of western sanctions.