Iran's letter to IMO in protest of Maritime violation in Greece

Following the Greek piracy, the Ports and Maritime Organization of the Islamic Republic of Iran wrote a letter to the Secretary General of IMO protesting the seizure of the Iranian-flagged tanker MT Lana at the port of Karistos off the coast of Greece.
Iran's letter to IMO in protest of Maritime violation in Greece

H.E. Kitack Lim

Secretary-General,
International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Subject: MT Lana (IMO No. 9256860) Under

Your Excellency, The Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO) of the Islamic Republic of Iran presents its compliments to the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and has the honor to draw the attention of the latter to a case of emergency regarding maritime safety on the coasts of Greece.

On 21 May 2022, the tanker vessel MT Lana, IMO No. 9256860, operating under the Iranian Flag, was being towed with no propulsion, off the coasts of Greece when they faced bad weather, and was forced to seek a place of safety at the Greek Port of Karystos, in order to ensure safety and resolve technical problems. The Port Authority, however, has proceeded to arrest the cargo of the tanker, owned by Iran, and plans to discharge the cargo by early 24 May

2022.

According to the provisions of international maritime conventions under the auspices of IMO, as well as the customary practice, it has been recommended and advised that states cooperate with one another to the extent possible, in order to guarantee maritime safety and marine environment protection in cases of emergency, and prevent any undue delay in the commercial activities of vessels. It would therefore be great if the Secretary-General could kindly communicate with the Government of Greece, in order to ensure the required cooperation with regard to the mentioned vessel, so that the vessel and cargo are released and allowed to resume their journey.

This administration avails itself of this opportunity to renew to the Secretary General of IMO the assurances of its highest consideration.

Best regards,

Dr. A. Safaei

Managing Director
Ports and Maritime Organization,

May 29, 2022 10:19