Iran demands $1m guarantee for release of Indian tanker
Iran is demanding a guarantee of $1m in exchange for the release of Indian tanker Desh Shanti, detained on allegations of marine pollution. The Lloyd’s Register classed Desh Shanti was seized by the Iranian Navy on 13 August and since detained at Bandar Abbas port, charged with polluting Iranian waters with discharge of oily ballast water. The vessel has been subject to repeat inspections by Iranian officials, but so far only a minor fault in the vessel’s oil-leak control alarm system has been found. The vessel’s double hull is in good condition. The vessel’s owner Shipping Corporation of India denies the allegations.