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Japan has decided to go it alone and send a JSDF force to the Strait of Hormuz. It has refused to link up with the US-led joint protection force. The US is its biggest military ally but it has trade links with Iran, particularly around oil, that it will not want to sever
The Gulf of Guinea accounted for 86% of incidents globally in which crew members were taken hostage and nearly 82% of kidnappings in the first nine months of 2019, according to the IMB
Although the precise details of the incident that occured on the Iranian vessel are unknown, radar images appear, on the face of it, to confirm that the vessel is leaking oil
‘We did not engage in such behaviour at all,’ Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir told reporters in Riyadh on Sunday
Iran said one of its oil tankers has been hit by missiles near Saudi Arabia’s port city of Jeddah, causing an oil spill
The French group’s new head of security had been the chief negotiator when the luxury cruise yacht Le Ponant, which was owned by CMA CGM at the time, was seized by Somali pirates in 2008
The 16 crew members who have been detained in the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas since July 19 have finally been reunited with family in Dubai and are reported to be in ‘high spirits’
If our dependence on sea trade is to continue, we need to think about how maritime supply lines need to be defended
The tanker has been held by Iran since being seized in July amid rising tensions in the Gulf
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