Sonatrach issued the following announcement on July 21.
The Algerian tanker "MESDAR", was blocked Friday at 19:30 by the Iranian Navy and released at 20:45, immediately after the contact of the Algerian authorities with their Iranian counterparts, said Sunday the national oil company, SONATRACH.
On Friday, July 19, 2019, the tanker + MESDAR +, at 19:30, was blocked by the Iranian Navy, for 1h15mn and was released at 20h45 immediately after the contact of the Algerian authorities with their Iranian counterparts, said the same source in a statement.
As a reminder, SONATRACH announced on Saturday that its oil tanker "MESDAR" was forced on Friday to set sail for Iranian territorial waters, by the coastguards of the Iranian navy, just as it crossed the Strait of Hormuz.
On Friday 19 July 2019, at 19:30 Algerian time, the tanker MESDAR, 2,000. 000 barrels of capacity, property of SONATRACH , was forced to head for the territorial waters of the Iranian coast, by the coastguards of the Iranian navy, just as it crossed the Strait of Hormuz, "explained the same source in a statement.
The ship was actually heading to Tanura to load crude oil on behalf of the Chinese company UNIPEC.
In this same press release, SONATRACH had indicated that this blockade, which was monitored by a cell set up by the
Ministries of Energy and Foreign Affairs, had known "its outcome at 20:45" that is to say 01:15 am are blocked by the Iranian navy.
SONATRACH had finally made it clear that no human or material incident had been recorded. (APS)
Original source: https://sonatrach.com/actualites/detroit-dormuz-le-blocage-du-petrolier-algerien-par-la-marine-iranienne-a-dure-1h15mn