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Iran says no probability for seizure of more ships

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

News Code :9001-03768

TEHRAN (ISNA)-The Chairman of Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) Mohammad Hossein Dajmar said on Monday there is no probability for further seizure of Iranian ships due to sanctions.

"Impoundment of Iranian ships comes due to political issues," he said adding that, "we have repaid much of our loans, so there is no probability for confiscation of our vessels due to sanctions."

The second Iranian ship is to be delivered to the country in 2011, Dajmar told ISNA adding that, "Iran is to receive the ship dubbed "Iran-Shahrekord" in 2011 with the capacity of carrying 2200 containers."

4 Iranians ships had been already seized in Singapore, Malta and Hong Kong due to Iran's debts. The ships have been released all and are carrying out their routine commercial activities.

The ships held in Singapore were released in January and the one seized in Hong Kong, was released in February.

The last vessel was held in Malta.

Sanctions were tightened last year to make it more difficult for Iranian companies to access international banking services, a measure aimed at forcing Tehran to curb its peaceful nuclear work. Western countries claim that Iran's nuclear program could be used to produce nuclear weapons, an allegation strongly denied by Iran.

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