Iranian ship held in Sri Lanka flees country's waters

Iranian ship held in Sri Lanka flees country's waters

An Iranian-flagged cargo ship has fled from waters around Sri Lanka after weeks of detention by the island nation's navy acting on a court order obtained by Germany's DVB Bank SE, officials and a lawyer acting for the bank said on Thursday, Reuters reported.

The Sri Lankan navy last week fired warning shots to prevent the MV Amina from leaving, but said that late on Wednesday the vessel made its way in rough sea out of the country's waters.

"If the ship is beyond 12 nautical miles from our shores, then we can't do anything according to U.N. laws unless the ship has committed any crimes in our country," Sri Lankan Navy spokesman Kosala Warnakulasuriya said.

"We tried to communicate and asked her to stop, but without responding to anything, she had gone."

The vessel is managed by Tehran-based Rahbaran Omid Darya Ship Management, public shipping registers and ship tracking data showed. The European Union and United States have said the firm is a front for the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL), which has faced Western sanctions for some years.

The West has accused IRISL, Iran's biggest cargo carrier, of transporting weapons, a charge it denies.

IRISL officials told Reuters the ship was owned by a private company and could not discuss the matter. Rahbaran Omid Darya Ship Management could not be immediately reached for comment.

The MV Amina was seized in December after DVB Bank obtained an order on December 12 from the Colombo High Court to hold the vessel after the owners defaulted on a payment. Court documents showed that DVB Bank sought to recover millions of dollars.

A DVB Bank spokesman did not immediately comment on the issue.

"It has broken arrest and now it's a rogue ship and it has gone to Indian waters," said a lawyer for Neelakandan & Neelakandan, a Colombo-based legal firm acting for DVB Bank, declining to be named.

It was not possible to immediately confirm the exact location of the ship. Tracking data last shows it sailing away from Sri Lanka into the Laccadive Sea, a waterway bordering India.

"We have alerted the nearest coast guard vessel. Effort to track is on," Jacob Thomas, director of ports in the state of Kerala, told Reuters when asked if the MV Amina was in waters off the Keralan coast.

An arrest occurs when a ship is detained by a court order to secure a maritime claim. The arrest may ultimately result in a judicial sale of the ship to pay the claim.

IRISL has tried to dodge sanctions by changing its flags and setting up front companies, the U.S. Treasury and the European Union have said. Last year IRISL Managing Director Mohammad Hussein Dajmar said if pressure from Western sanctions continued the group would face increasingly grave problems.

Sri Lankan officials said there were 24 crew members on the ship, including eight Indians who were returned to their home country after the arrest. Iranian crew members were left aboard and a shipping agent provided them with food and other supplies.

According to the Times of India newspaper the ship had set sail from China on November 18 and reached Sri Lankan waters on December 6. It was not clear what cargo it was carrying.

Iran bans travels to some cities due to COVID-19
Iran bans travels to some cities due to COVID-19
Iran to make decision whether to open schools after Nowruz holiday
Iran to make decision whether to open schools after Nowruz holiday
Iran reveals COVID-19 data for March 8
Iran reveals COVID-19 data for March 8
Loading Bars
Latest
Kazakhstan's KazTransOil reports increase in net profit for 2020
Uzbekistan, Iran talk prospects for dev’t of trade, economic relations
Uzbekistan increases flights to Kazakhstan
Ceyhan terminal transships over 38 million tons of ACG oil since early 2021
SHELL & TURCAS PETROL A.S. reduces petroleum products’ sales in Turkey
Azerbaijani oil prices up
Azerbaijan IT company eyes co-op with banking sector
Gold price in Azerbaijan decreases
Turkmennebit opens tender for purchase of spare parts
Turkey releases 2M2021 data on cargo, passenger traffic at new Istanbul Airport
Kazakhstan's Air Astana opens tender to buy batteries
Pellet plant put into operation in Iran's Yazd Province
BP PETROLLERİ A.S. boosts jet fuel exports
Khazar Consortium opens tender for batteries purchase
Switzerland nearly doubles imports of Azerbaijani products
U.N. envoy in Doha to push on Afghan peace process
IsDB, IRTI, and ADB Co-host GVC Side-event at 52nd Session of UN Statistical Commission
Latvia eyes intensification mutually beneficial co-op with Uzbekistan
Iran's Bank Refah Kargaran unveils amount of issued loans
Azerbaijan shows footage from Fuzuli's Gorazilly village (VIDEO)
Consuls General of Azerbaijan and Turkey meet Pakistani American community leaders (PHOTO)
Uzbekistan reveals its COVID-19 data for March 9
Big investments made in Iran's industrial sector
Iranian currency rates for March 9
Azerbaijani currency rates for March 9
Iran to provide water for more villages in seven of its provinces
Iran's Securities and Exchange Organization calls to solve cryptocurrency issue
Oil prices rise on expected economic recovery, likely drawdown in oil stocks
Iran bans travels to some cities due to COVID-19
WHO supportive of electronic vaccination certificates — department chief
Italy's coronavirus deaths top grim milestone of 100,000
Estonia introduces strict one-month quarantine from March 11
EFSE sets to deepen engagement with Georgian financial institutions
Israel reports 3,130 new COVID-19 cases, 804,591 in total
WHO calls for strengthening women's leadership during COVID-19
Number of new COVID-19 cases in Spain continues to fall
PayPal buys Israeli cyber security company
France reports 359 new COVID-19 deaths, ICU admissions hit new high
EU to receive 100 mln vaccine doses per month from April: von der Leyen
Canada set to mourn COVID-19 victims, salute health workers on March 11
UK PM says higher risk of virus transmission "inevitable" as schools reopen in England
Finnish researchers develop nasal spray COVID-19 vaccine
Germany starts easing COVID-19 lockdown
Conversations ongoing on potential projects between Turkmenistan, UK
Exports to Iraq via Mehran crossing top $460m
Turkey passes 10 million mark in COVID-19 vaccinations
Georgian parliamentary committees to hear report on HPP construction
Official representative of Presidential Administration of Azerbaijan thanks Israel for medical assistance - Israel HaYom
UN chief urges countries to adopt special measures, quotas to advance women's equal participation
UK records another 4,712 coronavirus cases
Supreme Court rejects final Trump election challenge
India may start full operations at Chabahar port by May end
Iran profits from gas transmission development
Georgia 1st among best destinations for vaccinated travellers in 2021
Erdogan, Johnson discuss bilateral developments over phone
Electricity consumption in February amounted to 1.6 bln kWh in Kyrgyzstan
US coronavirus cases exceed 29 mln
Yellen says Biden COVID bill to fuel 'very strong' U.S. recovery
Iran's budget deficit decreases
Iran's Energy Exchange announces products to be on sale on March 9
Africa's confirmed COVID-19 cases pass 3.96 mln: Africa CDC
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad tests positive for Covid-19
Employment in Iran's industrial sector increases
Bulk of Jan.2021 loans to electric energy sector in Azerbaijan issued in foreign currency
Azerbaijan confirms 71 more COVID-19 recoveries
Loading-unloading of cargo in ports of Iran's Gilan Province expands
Iran's power consumption reduced by Omid plan
Iran to inaugurate more projects in free economic zones
Iran has developed steel supply chain - Iranian President
Iran's Securities and Exchanges Organization talks number of investors in capital market
Iran’s Bahar Azadi gold coin price rising
Volume of dry-farming land in Iran increases
Iran's NISOC begins excavations on its territory
Iran’s South Pars Gas Company reveals production data of its refinery
Iran waits for Europeans to comply with the JCPOA - MFA
Iran to make decision whether to open schools after Nowruz holiday
Production of LPG-fueled cars in Iran's interests - Chamber of Commerce
Armenia's war crimes exposed at UN Congress
Azerbaijan sees growth in Jan.2021 transactions via clearing system for small payments
Iran boosts car manufacturing
Spanish La Vanguardia: Return to Azerbaijan's Karabakh after war
Azerbaijan’s export of ferrous metal products down
Turkmenbashi Oil Refineries opens tender for purchase of gasoline
Britain's M&S expands online business to over 100 markets
Dustbin of history - place for former Armenian president Kocharian, 'Karabakh clan' - historian
Khazar Consortium opens tender to purchase cementing unit
Turkey’s food retail chain Migros to bolster gender-equal workforce and greener stores
Iran Mercantile Exchange working to expand sale of goods
Iran reveals COVID-19 data for March 8
Modi to inaugurate Maitri Setu between India and Bangladesh on Tuesday
India's Covid Vaccine Rollout "Rescued The World": Top US Scientist
India pre-eminent partner of US in Indo-Pacific region: Blinken tells Jaishankar
Bachendri Pal to lead all women team aged above 50 in a 5 month long Himalayan expedition
Satellite set for Mar 28 launch will provide near real time images of borders, quick monitoring of natural disasters
Sikh Fighter Pilot Memorial In UK To Honour Indians Who Fought In World Wars
IMF, Georgia review agenda of bilateral cooperation
Iranian President and Irish FM discuss JCPOA
Iran reserves strategic basic goods
Iran’s Rouhani asks for release of frozen assets in Iraqi banks
Iranian parliament approves increase of salaries to aid low incomes
All news