The Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) have reportedly stopped a British-flagged oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz. The tanker had not complied with international regulations, it said on the Internet portal of the Revolutionary Guards. According to the Revolutionary Guards, the ship is the British-flagged Stena Impero.
The London government has been alarmed by reports of a British-flagged oil tanker raided by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. “We are urgently looking for more information,” said a British government spokesman on Friday night.
The oil tanker belongs to the Swedish company “Stena Bulk”. The company confirmed the incident and stated that several unknown smaller boats and a helicopter had approached the “Stena Impero” when the ship was in international waters.
The company currently has no contact with the crew of the ship. On board are according to company information 23 crew members. There is no news about injuries. You are in close contact with the British authorities. The ship is now driving north towards Iran.
According to data from the Marine Traffic website, the British-flagged Stena Impero left its course around 5:30 pm CEST when it passed the Strait of Hormuz. The ship was from the port of Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates on the way towards Al-Jubail in Saudi Arabia. Recently, the data showed that the ship was in the direction of the Iranian island of Qeshm.
Tensions in the Persian Gulf have recently increased significantly. In recent weeks, there have been several acts of sabotage on oil tankers. The United States accuses Iran of being behind the incidents.
Under the charge of illegal oil deliveries to Syria since the beginning of the month in Gibraltar is a supertanker on the chain. The oil supply from Iran should violate EU sanctions against Syria. Iran protested against the seizure, ordered the British ambassador several times and demanded that the ship be continued immediately. On Tuesday, the top Iranian leader threatened London with consequences.