An Iranian-flagged cargo ship MV Amina has broken arrest and fled from waters around Sri Lanka after weeks of detention by the country’s navy acting on a court order obtained by Germany's DVB Bank SE, Reuters reported today.
The vessel is managed by Tehran-based Rahbaran Omid Darya, a private company working for the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL). The company is under U.N. sanctions.
The MV Amina was seized in December after DVB Bank obtained an order on 12 December 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.
File photo: An IRISL cargo ship (IRISL)