Breaking ‘International Maritime Rules’
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have seized a British tanker in the Strait of Hormuz for breaking ‘international maritime rules’ they confirmed on Friday 19. It comes at a time of serious growing tension between Iran, Britain and the US over the vital waterway.
The tanker – Stena Impero “was confiscated… for failing to respect international maritime rules” the Revolutionary Guards’ official website said. Stena Impero was “attacked by unidentified small crafts and a helicopter,” said the owner, as it made its way through the “international waters.” The tanker was taken to shore and will be investigated.
Britain has claimed that two vessels were seized in the Gulf. Jeremey Hunt has warned of ‘serious consequences’ if the ships are not released, and added he was “extremely concerned” by the seizure of the two vessels.
The British vessel, Liberian-flagged Mesdar, was temporarily seized but is now free to continue its journey. The owner of the ship has said all its crew were “safe and well.”
The news of the seized vessels comes as Gilbhra’s Supreme Court announced it would extend the detention of the Iranian sized ship, by 30 days. The Iranian ship was seized two weeks ago and believed to be heading to Syria- breaking sanctions.
On Friday, the White House said President Trump and French leader Emmanuel Macron, discussed “ongoing efforts to ensure Iran does not obtain nuclear weapons.”
Iran has repeatedly threated to close the Strait of Hormuz if they are attacked.