UPDATE: The detained tanker was identified as “Topazis”.
Iran has seized another oil tanker in the Persian Gulf saying that the ship was smuggling fuel to some Arab countries.
A commander with Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), Ramezan Zirahi, told Fars news agency on August 4 that forces of the IRGC’s Naval District 2 had seized the ship near the Persian Gulf island of Farsi on July 31.
“The foreign vessel was receiving fuel from other ships and was transferring it to the Arab countries of the Persian Gulf,” he said, without naming states. “700,000 liters of fuel have been seized and seven sailors, from different nationalities, have been detained.”
On July 14, the IRGC seized the Panamanian-flagged Riah tanker claiming that it was smuggling one million liters of Iranian fuel south of Larak Island in the Persian Gulf.
On June 19, the IRGC detained the 30,000-tonne UK-flagged Stena Impero tanker as it was passing through the Strait of Hormuz en route to Saudi Arabia. It was detained “for failing to respect international maritime rules.”
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