rss icon Subscribe
desktop mobile

Iran: British-flagged Tanker Seized in Gulf

File Image of the Stena Impero (CREDIT: MarineTraffic.com / © Erwin Willemse

Iran's Revolutionary Guards said on Friday they had captured a British-flagged oil tanker in the Gulf after Britain seized an Iranian vessel earlier this month, further raising tensions along a vital international oil shipping route.

Britain said it was urgently seeking information about the Stena Impero after the tanker, which had been heading to a port in Saudi Arabia, suddenly changed course after passing through the Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Gulf.

The Revolutionary Guards said they seized the tanker at the request of Iranian maritime authorities for "not following international maritime regulations," state television reported.

Relations between Iran and the West have been increasingly strained since British naval forces seized an Iranian tanker in Gibraltar on July 4 on suspicion of smuggling oil to Syria in breach of European Union sanctions.

Iran said it would retaliate and days later three Iranian vessels tried to block a British-owned tanker passing through the Strait of Hormuz. But on that occasion, the Iranian vessels backed off when confronted by a British Royal Navy warship.

"We are urgently seeking further information and assessing the situation following reports of an incident in the Gulf," a spokesman for Britain's Ministry of Defence said on Friday.

A person familiar with the matter said a meeting of the British government's emergency committee was being held.

Prime Minister Theresa May's office declined to comment.

Refinitiv data showed the Stena Impero was a British-flagged vessel owned by Stena Bulk. It showed the vessel's destination as the Saudi port of Jubail on the Gulf.

The map tracking the ship's course showed it veering off course with a sharp turn north at about 1517 GMT on Friday and heading towards the Iranian coast.

Reporting by Kate Holton

Jul 19, 2019

 

Legal

New Formed Advanced Systems Group Appoints Dibkey

Brett Dibkey President – Advanced Systems Group

Brunswick Corporation today announced the formation of its Advanced Systems Group and appointed

Maritime Schools Must Prep for Offshore Wind Jobs

Gabriele Rohde/Adobe Stock

The offshore wind industry in the United States is growing exponentially, with multiple projects

REGULATORY REVIEW: Subchapter M

Image Credit: (Captain) Pat Folan

One Year In: Industry SME (Captain) Pat Folan weighs in from the front lines.It has been an

Tankers

WFW Advises Ridgebury, Tufton on Suezmax Acquisition

Image: Watson Farley & Williams

Watson Farley & Williams, international law firm based in London, advised Ridgebury Tankers and

Bahri Looks to Make LNG Foray

© Mike Mareen / Adobe Stock

Saudi Aramco's shipping arm Bahri has issued an expression of interest (EOI) to charter up to 12

AET Wins $245Mln Charter Deal with Shell

Image: AET Tanker Holdings Sdn. Bhd.

Petroleum and chemical tanker owner AET Tanker Holdings has been awarded three long-term time

Maritime Apps