The US State Department maintains the tanker is assisting the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps by transporting oil to Syria
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The US administration has sent a message to tanker owners and operators now legally shipping Venezuelan crude beyond the reach of US sanctions that they could yet be drawn into the Ofac net
Destabilising behaviour is a threat to Australia’s interests in the region, the Australian prime minister reiterates amid spate of attacks on international shipping in the region in recent months
Tehran warns any attempt by the US to seize the Adrian Darya 1 — formerly Grace 1 — again will be met with ‘heavy consequences’
LATEST: Oil tanker Grace 1, which has been renamed Adrian Darya 1, is moving east into the Mediterranean and is headed for Kalamata in Greece, according to reports
Analysis of AIS data by Lloyd’s List Intelligence shows for the first time that Stena Impero fitted the pattern for a spoofing attack when it was seized by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps on July 19
Bonita Queen’s movements follow a similar pattern of behaviour used by other Chinese-owned or Iranian-controlled ships to avoid detection and obfuscate the origin and destination of transported Iranian oil
The IRNA news agency, citing the deputy head of Iran’s ports and maritime organisation, Jalil Eslami, said Britain was interested in releasing the vessel after the documents were exchanged
Although South Korean authorities say there is no plan to join a US-led coalition, observers note that additional parliamentary approval for the anti-piracy unit to join the coalition is not required if the number of personnel remains the same. The Gulf of Aden is just a four-day sail away from the Strait of Hormuz
The spotlight on the Strait of Hormuz has exposed the severe limitations on the Royal Navy’s ability to protect merchant shipping and the vulnerability of ships on passage in this important waterway
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