UK

Large heroin seizure from container in Port of Felixstowe

British authorities seized approximately 398 kilograms of heroin in a container at the Port of Felixstowe on 2 August, in what is claimed to be one of the largest ever heroin seizures in the UK. The UK National Crime Agency (NCA) had identified a container ship suspected of carrying drugs en route to Antwerp.

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.

UK joins maritime security mission in Strait of Hormuz

The UK Royal Navy announced it will take the lead in a new international maritime security mission, working alongside the US navy to assure the security of merchant vessels in the Strait of Hormuz. The decision was announced during an international conference in Bahrain last week.

UK public organisation calls fishermen to participate in fishing survey

Seafish launches its annual survey, beginning from July 15 and will run until September, focusing on having a better insight into UK’s fishing fleet and its economic performance. Thus, the organisation asks for skippers and shipowners to take part into the survey and provide their feedback. 

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.’ 

Shell not to send UK-flagged vessels through Strait of Hormuz

Royal Dutch Shell informed that is not taking any British-flagged tankers through the Strait of Hormuz, in the midst of increased tensions with Iran, in the vital chokepoint for oil shipments. Shell now joins BP, which is also avoiding sending vessels through the Strait of Hormuz.

BPA welcomes government’s plans on establishing Freeports

Following the recent events where the British Government announced its plans on ten Freeports that will boost UK’s economic growth after the Brexit, the British Ports Association applauds the plan and highlights that the UK ports will be extremely benefited.

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