Hopes are rising for the repatriation from Iran of the last two seafarers stranded on a suezmax tanker that went missing in early July after crew claimed the ship was hijacked by pirates.

The 151,000-dwt Gulf Sky (built 1998) left the port of Khor Fakkan in the United Arab Emirates on 5 July, breaching a no-sail order, and its whereabouts were not known until the tanker was located in Iranian waters on 14 July.