Iranian ships on the run

For weeks, the German DVB Bank has tried to get a ship which, according to the EU and the USA, is owned by the Iranian state-controlled carrier Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) arrested due to a major claim. Now the ship is on the run. The bank holds outstanding arrest warrants for other ships.

On Thursday, a spokeswoman for the major German bank DVB Bank confirmed that an Iranian ship has highly unusually” broken arrest and left the waters off the southern coast of Sri Lanka. The bank is already trying to arrest two other Iranian ships owing DVB money following the bank’s reception of a court order from a Singapore court, several news agencies report.

For some time, the Iranian ship MV Amina has been anchored off the southern coast of Sri Lanka and just outside the country's territorial waters 12 nautical miles from the coast. According to a Sri Lanka spokesman, warning shots have previously been fired in direction of the ship in order to prevent it from leaving the location but on Wednesday the ship managed to escape. And since the ship has not done anything criminal in Sri Lanka it was not possible to detain it.

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