Iranian Revolutionary Guard Seizes British Oil Tanker In The Gulf

July 19
18:46 2019

Reports coming from The UK Ministry of Defence and Foreign Office says that Iranian Revolutionary Guard Seizes British Oil Tanker In The Gulf  and  the Government is ‘urgently seeking further information’ following the reports.

Stena Impero Management confirmed that its UK registered vessel had been ‘approached by unidentified small crafts and a helicopter during transit of the Strait of Hormuz while the vessel was in international waters’. It added there are 23 seafarers on board, when the incident occurred at around 4pm today.

The company said in a statement: ‘There have been no reported injuries and their safety is of primary concern to both owners and managers.’ ‘Northern Marine Management has not been able to establish contact directly with the vessel since it was notified of the incident at approximately 16.00 today, 19th July 2019,’ added Stena Impero.

The company said it was in close contact with the UK government and the priority of the the vessel owner, Stena Bulk, and ship manager, Northern Marine Management, is the safety and welfare of the crew. Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt has been briefed on reports that the tanker has moved towards Iranian waters, reported Sky.

The government’s emergency committee, Cobra, is currently meeting in Whitehall to discuss the incident, reported the BBC. This is a breaking news story, more to follow.



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