Indian vessel, nine crew-members detained in Iran since Feb 16

An Indian vessel `MVS Ramban` carrying livestock, along with its 9 crew members has been detained by the Iranian authorities for over two weeks now, the Salaya Sailing Vessel Owner`s Association in the district said on Saturday.

Last Updated: Mar 05, 2011, 19:51 PM IST

Jamnagar: An Indian vessel `MVS Ramban`
carrying livestock, along with its nine crew members has been
detained by the Iranian authorities for over two weeks now,
the Salaya Sailing Vessel Owner`s Association in the district
said on Saturday.
"Ramban sailed from Tuna port of Kutch on February 11,"
Ahmed Bhaya, secretary of SSVOA told PTI from Salaya.

The wooden sailing vessel, which has a Porbandar
registration number and is owned by Gaffar Mohammad Ker from
Salaya, was carrying 513 animals (sheep and goats) and was
heading for Dubai.

"The weather was rough, so the vessel sailed close to
Konarak coast of Iran for shelter. On the Morning of February
16, Iran Navy seized it," Bhaya said.

"The Iran Navy took the vessel to Chabahar Navy port.
They have kept two crew members on board, while other seven
members have been sent to jail," Bhaya said.
"Now two weeks have passed and Iran has not released the
vessel as well as crew members. They are facing lot of
difficulties," Bhaya said.

Ker, the owner of the vessel, said, "We had all the
legal documents for carrying livestock from India to Dubai.
The crew members and the vessel have been detained for no
fault."

"We have written through SSVOA to D G Shipping, Indian
Government and Indian embassy in Iran for the release of the
vessel and the crew members," Ker said.

This is the first time in the recent history that a
vessel from Gujarat has been detained by Iran Navy, Bhaya
said.

Eight of the nine crew members are from Salaya, while one
is from Jamnagar, he said.

PTI