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Iran Seizes UK "Stena Impero" Ship in Strait of Hormuz (19/07/19)
#1
IRGC just confirmed they seized the British-flagged Stena Impero oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz today. 

The tanker had departed Fujairah in the UAE and was headed for Saudi Arabia and was travelling via international waters in the Strait of Hormuz when it suddenly changed direction and headed towards Qeshm Island in Iranian waters. The oil tanker stopped sending its location for almost 2 hours now, and its last known location was in Iranian waters (see photo below).

The company of the ship confirmed that "hostile action [from Iran] preceded [the] vessel's change of course" towards Iranian waters.

Iran said the British oil tanker and its 23-man crew were seized for violating 'international maritime rules and regulations in the Persian Gulf'.

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Earlier today, Gibraltar Supreme Court extended UK detention period of Iranian Grace 1 oil tanker for another 30 days.

This is the response. Iran warned the UK about this...


UPDATE: IRGC CONFIRM SEIZING SECOND SHIP IN PERSIAN GULF (UK-owned MESDAR oil tanker)

The MESDAR is a Liberian-flagged, UK-owned tanker that is much larger than the Stena Impero (similar size to Grace 1). Was on course for KSA but suddenly changed course towards Iranian waters and now seized by IRGC also.

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#2
Not very smart move by Iran. Why is it doing this?

If things get hot, France will side with UK.
#3
(07-19-2019, 07:56 PM)Aristide Wrote: Not very smart move by Iran. Why is it doing this?

If things get hot, France will side with UK.
I explained why: 

"Earlier today, Gibraltar Supreme Court extended UK detention period of Iranian Grace 1 oil tanker for another 30 days. 

This is the response. Iran warned the UK about this..."


Release Grace 1 tanker and don't seize any more Iranian tankers and UK will not have any more problems. 

UPDATE: UK-owned MESDAR appears to have been released and is sailing away from Iranian waters.

Reports that it was merely briefed on maritime regulations...

IRGC says it briefly detained a Liberian-flagged tanker Mesdar. They were given a "warning about observing of environmental regulations" and were released.
#4
That’s wrong of the UK to seize the tankers for that long
Jordan robert
#5
The Stena Impero has been released.
  


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