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Iran seizes another tanker in the Gulf, state media say

PortandTerminal.com, August 4, 2019

Iran has seized another foreign tanker in the Gulf, accusing it of smuggling, Iranian state media say.

TEHRAN, IRAN – Iran’s Revolutionary Guards’ Sepah News site has said that it seized a second ship during naval patrols that were aimed at “discovering and confronting organised smuggling”.

A Revolutionary Guard Corps commander was quoted as saying its naval forces had “seized a foreign tanker in the Persian Gulf that was smuggling fuel for some Arab countries”.

The news agency reported that the ship was seized near Farsi Island, where an Iranian Guard Navy base is located.

It said the tanker was carrying 700,000l of fuel, adding that seven sailors had been detained.

The detained crew and vessel were reportedly taken to the southern port city of Bushehr

An Al Jazeera reporter in Iran’s capital, Tehran, said the detained crew were taken to the southern port city of Bushehr.

What do we know about the latest seizure?

Another tanker, the British-flagged Stena Impero and its crew (pictured above) is still being held hostage by Iran

Fars news agency reported that the operation to seize the ship was carried out last Wednesday near the Gulf island of Farsi.

The tanker was taken to Bushehr and its fuel handed over to the authorities, the agency added.

It is not yet clear what flag this ship was flying under nor the nationalities of the seven crew.

The ship does not seem to have been noted as missing.

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