The owner of the UK-flagged ship held by Iran says it has made first contact with the 23-member crew since its seizure five days ago in the Strait of Hormuz.
Stena Bulk said in a statement Wednesday that it had direct communication with the crew of the Stena Impero on Tuesday evening. The ship's master said that "everyone was safe with good cooperation with the Iranian personnel on board."
The crew are mostly Indian, but also include Filipino, Russian and Latvian nationals. Iranian state TV aired video of the crew aboard the vessel off Iran's port of Bandar Abbas earlier this week.
Stena Bulk CEO Erik Hanell said the company appreciates this as "a first sign that we will soon see more positive progress from the Iranian authorities."