THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Sunday said the Filipino seafarer aboard the MT Stena Impero that was seized by Iranian authorities on July 19 is safe and in good health.
The United Kingdom-registered vessel was seized while transiting the Strait of Hormuz.
Philippine Ambassador to Iran Wilfredo Santos said embassy officials were allowed to board the vessel on July 26 to talk to the Filipino seafarer.
“The Filipino seafarer is well and in good spirits, and said that the crew are treated well and allowed free movement while inside the vessel to go about their normal duties,” the DFA said in a statement.
“They were also given the opportunity to communicate with family and allowed internet access from time to time,” it added.
MT Stena Impero is anchored in Hormozgan Province in Iran, which is also home to a major Iranian naval base fronting the Persian Gulf, the DFA said.
The unidentified Filipino seafarer has requested that his family be taken care of while the vessel is embargoed in Iranian waters.
“Embassy representatives assured him that they are working on ways to have him and his crewmates released,” the DFA said.