The vessel's seizure has been condemned from the shipping industry, as the West believes that this incident worsens the increasing tensions in the area. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt tweeted that he expressed his extreme disappointment to his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif.
Moreover, the UK Chamber of Shipping expressed its concerns over the incident, and commented that it's obvious that the vessel was seized in 'clear violation of international law.'
Also, many believe that Iran seized the vessel in an act of retaliation against the UK, as they seized Grace 1 for no reason. However, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif commented that Iran proceeded to that action against a ship in the Strait of Hormuz to implement international law, not in retaliation to actions by Britain.
The incidents in the Strait of Hormuz have been in the spotlight the last couple of months as the shipping industry waits for the developments. For the time being, Stena Bulk, the owner of Stena Imperor, has asked Iranian authorities to visit the crew to be sure of their safety.