British operated oil tankers seized by Iran in strait of Hormuz

London: Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps said (IRGC)its forces have captured a British oil tanker in the strait of Hormuz for allegedly violating international laws, amid rising tensions in the Gulf.

The Stena Impero’s owners say they have been unable to contact their vessel, which had 23 personnel on board and was “heading north towards Iran”. It was surrounded by four vessels and a helicopter. A second British-owned Liberian-flagged tanker was boarded by armed guards but is now free to continue its journey.

Jeremy Hunt, the Foreign Secretary, said he was “extremely concerned by the seizure of two vessels by Iranian authorities in the Strait of Hormuz”.

There are 23 seafarers onboard of Indian, Russian, Latvian and Filipino nationality,” said Erik Hanell, president and chief executive of Stena Bulk. He said there had been no reported injuries.

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