Strait of Hormuz: Iran stops another British-flagged oil tanker

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Iran stops another British-flagged oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz
Iran stops another British-flagged oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz

In the Strait of Hormuz, Iran on Friday within a short time stopped another British-flagged oil tanker.  According to media reports, it should be the “Mesdar” of the British Norbulk Shipping UK. “The stipulations are unacceptable,” said Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt. In the evening, according to media reports, the National Security Council (Cobra) met in London for consultations.

The Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) said they had stopped the British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz and headed for the Iranian coast. The tanker had not complied with international regulations, it said on the Internet portal of the Revolutionary Guards.

The tanker was brought to the coast to go through the necessary legal processes, reported the Iranian foreign channel Press TV. According to the authorities of the southern Iranian Hormuzgan province, the British ship was escorted to the port of the provincial capital Bandar Abbas. There the necessary inspections are carried out. The tanker had switched off its GPS and was retracted from the southern part of the Strait of Hormuz, which is intended only for the output of the ships, thus risking a collision with other ships. This is against the maritime regulations in the Gulf. In addition, the tanker should also have environmentally harmful materials on board, which are currently being investigated by the Environmental Protection Agency in Bandar Abbas.

The ship 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. According to media reports, Swedish crew members should not be aboard. There is no news about injuries, the company said. 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 Stena Impero left its course around 5:30 pm 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, in the Strait of Hormuz.

The conflict between America and Iran has intensified immensely in recent months. President Donald Trump had said Thursday in Washington that an Iranian drone had been destroyed in the Strait of Hormuz by an American warship. She had come dangerously close to the “USS Boxer” and then destroyed. Tehran contradicted. “We did not lose a drone in the Strait of Hormuz or anywhere else,” Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi wrote on Twitter on Friday.

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