Following the tanker attacks on Thursday, 13 June in the Gulf of Oman, the IMO Secretary General, the International Chamber of Shipping and INTERTANKO expressed their concerns, noting that this is an intolerable situation threatening the lives of seafarers, the environment and the world economy.
According to Reuters, US National Security Adviser, John Bolton, commented that the naval mines that were used to attack oil tankers off the UAE were ‘almost certainly from Iran’. The UAE has not yet blamed anyone for the sabotage of four vessels, including two Saudi tankers, near Fujairah emirate, a major bunkering hub just outside the Strait of Hormuz.
TankerTrackers informed that there might be oil spill after the sabotage attack on the Saudi VLCC supertanker, Amjad. The alleged sabotage attack took place off United Arab Emirates territorial waters in the Gulf of Oman. The ship, Amjad, may was empty of crude oil, but it was carrying fuel oil onboard. The oil spill is no less than 235 barrels.
As tensions between the US and Iran continue to rise, a US Navy carrier strike group and amphibious ready group exercised together in the Arabian Sea over the weekend in a somewhat rare training event. According to the US Navy, this joint exercise comes amid ‘credible threat indicators’ from Iran.
The Iranian Ports and Maritime Organisation announced Iran’s and Iraq’s collaboration concerning the dredging operations on Arvand border river in Iranian southwestern city of Khorramshahr in Khouzestan. The dredging operations on the river will commence after the month of Ramadan.
Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) are highly likely to have conducted the sabotage attacks on four tankers on Sunday, May 12, Reuters reports, based on an exclusive assessment issued this week by the Norwegian Shipowners’ Mutual War Risks Insurance Association (DNK).
The United Arab Emirates announced that they will be restrained on who might be behind the attacks on oil tankers off its coast, and promised to de-escalate the difficult situation the Iranian behaviour has caused in the region, as a senior official commented.
Iran could target US commercial ships, including oil tankers, sailing through key Middle East waterways, as one of the threats to US interests posed by Tehran, the US Maritime Administration (MARAD) said in an advisory posted on Thursday.
During April 2019, Iran’s Lengeh port and its subsidiaries in the western part of Hormozgan Province handled a total of 1.2657 thousand and 971 tons of oil and non-oil products, which shows an increase of 71% compared to the same period last year.
Despite the lack of legal regulations for evaluating construction projects in most of the Islamic countries, the system for evaluating transportation projects in the Islamic Republic of Iran’s development projects has been highly developed, said Deputy of Port and Economic Affairs of PMO.
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