Israeli Prime Minister has blamed Iran for last week’s explosion onboard the Israeli-owned ship Helios Ray, in the Gulf of Oman, an accusation denied by Tehran. The car carrier was hit by an explosion above the water line while en route to Singapore from Dammam, Saudi Arabia.
Following the seizure of the South Korean-flagged MT Hankuk Chemi by Iranian authorities in the waters off Oman, its 20-member crew are now released, making their way home.
Iran said that a U.S. move this month to seize a cargo of oil on the grounds that it came from Tehran was an act of piracy, noting that the shipment did not belong to the Iranian government.
In the February edition of ‘The SENTINEL Watch’, the International Maritime Security Construct provides the merchant shipping industry with an update on maritime security incidents within the Middle East Region.
Following its sanctions program last year, the United States managed to sell more than a million barrels of seized Iranian fuel, as Reuters reported.
Following its efforts to block Iran’s energy exports, US gone to court in order to seize 2 million barrels of oil that it claims came from Iran.
Iran will allow the crew members of a South Korean ship it seized for alleged environmental pollution to leave the country.
Following the detention of the South Korean “Hankuk Chemi” tanker by Iranian authorities off Oman, a senior Iranian lawmaker reported that a move by South Korea towards releasing $7 billion in frozen Iranian funds may help the situation.
As part of its efforts to block Iran’s energy exports, the US is trying to seize around 2 million barrels of what it thinks is Iranian oil onboard the Liberian-flagged Achilleas, Bloomberg reported citing people familiar with the matter.
The US State Department is imposing sanctions on Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL), saying that it allegedly knowingly transferred, directly or indirectly, to Iran grain-oriented electrical steel to at least one Iranian person on the List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons.
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