The British oil tanker that was seized by Iran in July began transmitting its location on Friday for the first time in weeks, according to a website that tracks maritime locations.
The Stena Impero, which was seized in the Strait of Hormuz on July 19, transmitted a signal near the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas Friday morning, according to MarineTraffic.com.
The ship was en route to Port Rashid in Dubai, the Guardian reported. It was expected to reach the country in the next day, according to the report.
Iranian officials did not comment about the ship Friday morning, but said earlier in the week that they would be lifting a detention order on the ship.
Iran’s seizure of the Stena Impero heightened tensions in the region after other vessels were attacked in the strait in June.
Last week, the US announced it planned to deploy “defensive” troops to Saudi Arabia after the bombing of Saudi oil refineries, which the US blames on Iran.
Author: Ben Feuerherd