On September 7, Iran seized a boat and arrested 12 Filipino crewmen in the Persian Gulf. The detention took place in the framework of the operation against a suspected fuel-smuggling ring in the Strait of Hormuz waterway.
“Coast guards successfully seized a foreign ship in the Strait of Hormuz,” Major Hossein Dehaki, the coast guard chief in the southern province of Hormozgan, said.
According to Dehaki, the group was suspected of operating a fuel-smuggling ring and the confiscated shipment had been intercepted close to Sirik county in the Strait of Hormuz.
This is not the first time when Iran detains a vessel involved in the supposed fuel-smuggling in the area.
On July 14, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) detained a “foreign tanker” in the Persian Gulf for smuggling contraband fuel.
“With a capacity of two million litres and 12 foreign crew on board, the vessel was en route to deliver contraband fuel received from Iranian boats to foreign ships,” the IRGC said at the time.
The tanker appeared to be the Panamanian-flagged MT Riah.
In a separate development, on July 19, the IRGC detained the British-flagged Stena Impero tanker in the Strait of Hormuz.
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