Thursday, May 16

Iran seizes oil tanker in Gulf of Oman, U.S. Navy says

Iran seized an oil tanker certain for the United States within the Gulf of Oman in what the U.S. Navy on Thursday mentioned is a part of Tehran’s “continued harassment” of vessels working in worldwide waters.

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy seized the oil tanker “Advantage Sweet” on Thursday whereas it was passing north of Muscat, Oman’s capital. Maritime monitoring knowledge mentioned the tanker — crusing below the flag of the Marshall Islands — had most not too long ago been in Kuwait and was heading to Houston, Texas.

The tanker issued a misery name through the seizure by IRGC Navy personnel, in accordance with the Middle East-based U.S. fifth Fleet.

“Iran’s actions are contrary to international law and disruptive to regional security and stability,” the fifth Fleet mentioned Thursday in an announcement. “The Iranian government should immediately release the oil tanker.”

Iran has seized a minimum of 5 business vessels working within the Middle East up to now two years, the U.S. Navy mentioned, calling Tehran’s actions “a threat to maritime security and the global economy.”

Iran state tv channel IRIB reported that the ship, which is registered to the Shanghai, China-based firm SPDBFL in accordance with transport data, had been seized, however gave no extra particulars. SPDBFL is the leasing unit of Shanghai Pudong Development Bank.

Iran’s state-controlled press additionally reported Thursday that Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian has simply completed up a two-day journey to Muscat for talks with high Omani officers. The focus of the talks was reportedly searching for to construct on a 2016 regional accord to create an worldwide transport and transit hall within the closely trafficked waters between Central Asia and the Persian Gulf. Nearly 20% of the world’s oil passes by the Strait of Hormuz, the slim waterway between Iran and Oman.

The Reuters information company, citing the maritime safety firm Ambrey, mentioned the tanker was boarded by way of helicopter and seized by Iranian forces off the coast of Bandar-e Jask in Iran.

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