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US MARAD: Updated guidance for ships in Strait of Hormuz

An escalating tension in the Persian Gulf over the last months continues to pose serious threats to commercial vessels. Associated with these threats is a potential for miscalculation or misidentification that could lead to aggressive actions, the US MARAD warned. 

Iran denies UK sailing through the Strait of Hormuz

Following the increasing tensions in Strait of Hormuz between the UK and Iran, the Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, stated that the UK cannot use the Strait of Hormuz for as long as Iran is denied passage through the Strait of Gibraltar.

Iran’s detention of Stena Impero unacceptable, says owner

19 days after the seizure of the British-flagged tanker ‘Stena Impero’ by Iranian authorities at the Strait of Hormuz, the vessel still remains detained along with its 23 crew members, which is “unacceptable and unjustifiable”, said the owner Tuesday. 

Iranian ports see increased cargo traffic in first months of 2019

The maritime traffic in the Iranian ports is normal and according to schedule, said Mohammad Rastad, Deputy Minister of Roads and Urban development and Managing Director of PMO, while cargo traffic in Iranian ports has been upward in the first four months of this year.

Iran seizes another foreign oil tanker in Strait of Hormuz

As the Iranian military published through its Facebook account, Iran seized another a foreign oil tanker in the Gulf, stating that the seized vessel was smuggling fuel. Thus, the military detained seven crewmen. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard seized the foreign vessel, supporting that it was transmitting 700,000 litres of oil to ‘some Arab countries in the Persian Gulf.’ 

ICS, ECSA, ASA publish statement on Strait of Hormuz situation

In light of the recent tensions in the Strait of Hormuz, following Stena Impero’s seizure, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) and the Asian Shipowners’ Association (ASA) jointly urge immediate action by the international community to stop the escalation of tensions and fully respect international law. 

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