Archiv: sea traffic (civil)


11.10.2019 - 14:13 [ PressTV.com ]

Iranian oil tanker hit by two blasts in Red Sea

The explosions have hit the vessel’s hull, causing heavy damages to the vessel’s two main tanks, which has resulted in an oil spill in the Red Sea. The spill is currently stopped, according to officials.

Technical experts are currently investigating the cause of the explosion. They believe it was a „terrorist attack“, unnamed sourced told the Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA).

11.10.2019 - 14:11 [ CNN ]

Iranian oil tanker hit by two missiles near Saudi port: state news

An oil tanker belonging to the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) was hit and damaged by two missiles on Friday, Iranian state news IRNA reported.
The missiles were „possibly“ fired from Saudi soil, Saheb Sadeghi, head of the public relations of the National Iranian Tanker Company, told state-run Press TV.

28.09.2019 - 10:44 [ Ministry of Defence (UK) / Twitter ]

The British-flagged merchant vessel Stena Impero en route to Dubai after being released by Iran. Images from a @RoyalNavy Wildcat helicopter operating from @HMS_MONTROSE which is patrolling the Gulf as part of the International Maritime Security Construct

01.09.2019 - 10:32 [ rt.com ]

Iran to speed up legal process for seized British oil tanker Stena Impero – Zarif

(30.08.2019)

His comments come one week after meeting with Erik Hanell, the chief of Swedish shipping firm Stena Bulk, which owns the seized vessel. Hanell asked Tehran to release the ship and its crew of 23.

24.08.2019 - 12:39 [ Time.com ]

After a String of Nuclear Incidents, Russia Just Launched a Floating Nuclear Power Plant. Is It Safe?

Russia’s far east may just be the beginning. ROSATOM has said that it’s in talks with potential customers for the floating power unit, and sees “significant market potential” in Southeast Asia, Latin America and Africa.

17.08.2019 - 14:10 [ Gibraltar Chronicle ]

New crew for Grace 1 could delay departure to Sunday

The Iranian supertanker Grace 1 is unlikely to sail from Gibraltar before Sunday, the Chronicle understands, with six crewmen including a new captain scheduled to arrive this weekend.
Logistical arrangements are currently being put in place by the vessel’s owners after it was released on Thursday following six weeks detained under Gibraltar’s sanctions legislation.

17.08.2019 - 03:01 [ CNBC ]

UPDATE 6-Iran tanker shifts position but still at anchor off Gibraltar

The Gibraltar Chronicle newspaper reported that the vessel was unlikely to sail before Sunday, citing an unnamed source who added that it was waiting for six new crew members including a captain to arrive that day.

A lawyer for the Grace 1’s current captain also told the newspaper that his client had asked to be replaced.

16.08.2019 - 07:35 [ Connect the World / Twitter ]

#BREAKING Gibraltar’s Chief Minister @GibraltarGov tells @BeckyCNN Iranian supertanker ‚Grace I‘ is „free to go“ despite a U.S. request to keep the ship detained, but says the tanker could be seized *again* before it sets sail. #IranTensions

15.08.2019 - 17:19 [ Bloomberg TicToc ‏/ Twitter ]

„From the minute that the judge made his order, the ship is no longer any compulsion to stay within the jurisdiction,“ lawyer Charles Gomez says outside the Supreme Court of Gibraltar of the supertanker at the center of a standoff with Tehran

13.08.2019 - 17:40 [ Janet Porter, Chair of the Lloyd’s List Editorial Board / Twitter ]

Stena Bulk ceo talks to ⁦@Lloydslisted⁩ ⁦@LloydsList⁩ about his concerns for the welfare of the crew on detained Stena Impero after a month trapped onboard in Iranian waters ⁦⁩ ⁦@stenabulk⁩

13.08.2019 - 17:27 [ Gibraltar Chronicle ]

Iran says Grace 1 tanker could be released ‘soon’

Authorities in Gibraltar were given permission by Gibraltar’s Supreme Court to detain the vessel until mid-August, with another hearing on the matter set for Thursday morning. The current detention order on the vessel expires on Saturday night.

13.08.2019 - 17:21 [ CBS News ]

Iran warns that small but growing U.S. naval coalition in Strait of Hormuz raises the „risk of combustion“

After intense negotiations with Iranian authorities, CBS News was given rare access to Iranian-controlled waters in the Strait — one of the most volatile transit routes for the world’s oil supply.

About 14 tankers carry crude through the Strait every single day; a combined cargo value of $1.3 billion. It’s a lot of money, and there’s a lot of vested interest in ensuring the flow of tankers continues unimpeded.

04.08.2019 - 11:52 [ PressTV.com (Iran) ]

Iran seizes tanker smuggling fuel to Arab states in Persian Gulf

(This item is being updated.)

04.08.2019 - 11:48 [ BBC ]

Iran seizes another tanker in the Gulf, state media say

State TV quoted by Reuters said the Revolutionary Guard Corps‘ naval forces had „seized a foreign tanker in the Persian Gulf that was smuggling fuel for some Arab countries“.

It said the tanker was carrying 700,000l of fuel, adding that seven sailors had been detained.

The reported incident comes amid high tension after the US tightened sanctions on Iran’s oil sector.

26.07.2019 - 06:48 [ ITV.com ]

Royal Navy to escort British-flagged ships through strait of Hormuz amid Iran tensions

„Freedom of navigation is crucial for the global trading system and world economy, and we will do all we can to defend it.

„The Department for Transport has therefore updated its advice to confirm that the Royal Navy has been tasked to accompany British-flagged ships through the Strait of Hormuz, either individually or in groups, should sufficient notice be given of their passage.”

25.07.2019 - 19:01 [ Timothy Reynoso ‏/ Twitter ]

Why are these nations detaining these oil tankers? The UK, Ukraine, United States and Iran… who’s next? What is the angle they’re playing? Why oil? Ask yourself. Ukraine detains Russian oil tanker

25.07.2019 - 18:51 [ Bloomberg ]

Denied Iran’s Oil, Syria Has Few Options But Russia

(07.07.2019)

The Syrian government has two big oil-producing friends, Iran and Russia. With the routes from the first apparently closed, it may have to turn to the second. This presents a new host of potential risks. Impounding an Iranian ship in the Strait of Gibraltar is one thing. Stopping a Russian ship in the Aegean Sea is quite another.

12.07.2019 - 10:41 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Jeremy Hunt promises more spending on the Royal Navy to boost ‚hard power‘ in response to Iran crisis

Jeremy Hunt has said the Royal Navy has been “run down too much” as he cited a skirmish between Britain and Iran in the Persian Gulf as proof that more warships are needed.

The Foreign Secretary said the “deeply troubling” events in the Middle East showed that the Navy must be “expanded to meet the threats we face”.

11.07.2019 - 10:00 [ PressTV.com ]

IRGC rejects US claim of Iran attempt to seize UK tanker in Persian Gulf

Early on Thursday, two American officials, who were speaking to Reuters on the condition of anonymity, claimed that five boats believed to belong to the IRGC had approached the tanker British Heritage at the northern entrance of the Strait of Hormuz and ordered it to stop.

11.07.2019 - 09:57 [ Daily Mail ]

Three armed Iranian boats attempt to storm British oil tanker in the Gulf hours after Tehran threatened UK ships – but are repelled by Royal Navy frigate who trained their guns on them

Three Iranian ships unsuccessfully tried to seize a British oil tanker in the Persian Gulf Wednesday, the UK government has confirmed.

11.07.2019 - 09:56 [ Fox News ]

Iranian IRGC boats tried, failed to seize British oil tanker in Persian Gulf, senior US defense official says

Five Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps gunboats tried to seize a British oil tanker in the Persian Gulf Wednesday but backed off after a British warship approached, a senior U.S. defense official told Fox News.

10.07.2019 - 09:35 [ GBC News ‏/ Twitter ]

.@GibraltarGov has confirmed that the Grace 1 supertanker, detained in #Gibraltar last week, was found to be „loaded to capacity with crude oil“. It’s also highlighted that the tanker was „well inside“ British Gibraltar Territorial Waters when boarded, as per this screenshot.

10.07.2019 - 09:09 [ Gibraltar Chronicle ]

Laboratory tests confirm Grace 1 was carrying crude oil

„The Grace 1 was detained last week in Gibraltar when it freely navigated into British Gibraltar territorial waters to a point two miles off the Eastside of Gibraltar, having previously exited the international waters of the Straits of Gibraltar, on a pre-arranged call for provisions and spare parts,“ the Gibraltar Government spokesman said.

The ship was „well inside BGTW“ when it was boarded and remains detained in that area, the spokesman added.
To illustrate that point, the Gibraltar Government issued a screen grab from the Port of Gibraltar’s vessel traffic monitoring system taken on the night of detention.

10.07.2019 - 09:06 [ Press TV ]

Gibraltar court extends detention of Iranian tanker for 14 days: Attorney general

(05.07.2019)

Spain, which challenges the British ownership of Gibraltar, has said the seizure was prompted by a US request to Britain and appeared to have taken place in Spanish waters.

10.07.2019 - 08:42 [ Compuserve.com ]

U.S. wants military coalition to safeguard waters off Iran, Yemen

„We’re engaging now with a number of countries to see if we can put together a coalition that would ensure freedom of navigation both in the Straits of Hormuz and the Bab al-Mandab,“ said Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

10.07.2019 - 08:36 [ RT.com ]

Freedom of piracy: US seeks allies to outsource hunt for Iranian oil tankers

Washington has a new tactic in its ongoing campaign against Tehran: outsource the naval blockade of Iran and have allies seize oil tankers in international waterways – all in the name of “freedom of navigation,” of course.

07.07.2019 - 11:47 [ Metro.co.uk ]

British oil tanker goes ‘dead in the water’ 40 miles from Iran

(06.07.2019)

A British registered tanker which began drifting off the coast of Iran caused a major scare this morning, with fears that Iranian forces had boarded the vessel.

The Pacific Voyager tanker was en-route from Singapore to Ras Tanura, Saudi Arabia, when it slowed down and stopped around 6am today.

06.07.2019 - 11:42 [ Independent.co.uk ]

UK finds itself in diplomatic maelstrom with Iran and Spain after seizure of Syria-bound oil-tanker

Analysis: UK officials say the aim is to calm the situation and not make it more incendiary – as some in Washington appear to be intent on doing

05.07.2019 - 10:11 [ IRNA.ir ]

UK seizure of Iranian oil tanker amounts to sea piracy: Official

Noting that the tanker was moving in the international waterways, he said that the UK has no right to exert its or EU’s unilateral sanctions against other countries extraterritorially.

„This is the same US bullying policy that European states have always protested to it,“ he

05.07.2019 - 10:08 [ IRNA.ir ]

Iran summons UK envoy over illegal seizure of oil tanker

According to Spanish officials, the Grace 1, Panamanian-flagged tanker carrying Iranian oil, was seized by British patrol ships off Gibralter and was detained on the US orders.

04.07.2019 - 12:51 [ Yörük Işık ‏/ Twitter ]

Royal Marines have boarded an oil tanker on its way to #Syria thought to be breaching EU sanctions, the government of Gibraltar has said. ⁦@key2med⁩

04.07.2019 - 12:39 [ BBC ]

Oil tanker bound for Syria detained in Gibraltar

Authorities said there was reason to believe the ship, called the Grace 1, was carrying crude oil to the Baniyas Refinery in Syria.

The refinery is subject to European Union sanctions against Syria, the chief minister of the government said.

16.06.2019 - 07:50 [ Korea Times ]

South Korean says it received report on handover of oil tanker’s crew after incident

The Hyundai Dubai rescued 23 sailors from the Norwegian tanker Front Altair, Thursday, after receiving a distress call, and then handed them over to Iranian authorities.

CBS News said the captain of the Hyundai Dubai „contacted his company’s management, which told him to refuse the Iranian request (to turn over the mariners),“ but handed them over as „he felt like he had no choice but to comply with Iranian demands,“ citing declassified U.S. intelligence reports Friday.

An official of the South Korean shipping firm said the company that the captain contacted could have been the ship owner headquartered in Germany, not Hyundai.

15.06.2019 - 18:25 [ Grayzone ]

US gov narrative blaming Iran for oil tanker attacks falls apart in hours

The Trump administration’s claims Iran attacked oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman were quickly debunked, with the ship’s crew saying it “was hit by a flying object.” But the US disrupted important Iranian diplomatic efforts at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

15.06.2019 - 00:53 [ Jeremy Hunt, Foreign Secretary (UK) / Twitter ]

I condemn yesterday’s attacks on vessels in the Gulf of Oman. UK’s assessment concludes that responsibility for the attacks almost certainly lies with Iran. These latest attacks build on a pattern of destabilising Iranian behaviour and pose a serious danger to the region

15.06.2019 - 00:01 [ CNN ]

Iranian boat fired missile at US drone prior to tanker attack, US official says

In the hours before the attack on the two tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday, the Iranians spotted a US drone flying overhead and launched a surface-to-air missile at the unmanned aircraft, a US official told CNN.
The missile missed the drone and fell into the water, the official said.

14.06.2019 - 23:57 [ CNBC.com ]

Japanese oil tanker owner disagrees with US military that a mine caused blast near Iran

„We received reports that something flew towards the ship,“ Yutaka Katada, president of Kokuka Sangyo, said at a press conference Friday. „I do not think there was a time bomb or an object attached to the side of the ship,“ he said, adding that a projectile landed above the waterline. (…)

The Pentagon did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.

13.06.2019 - 11:48 [ BBC ]

Gulf of Oman ‚tanker blasts‘: US Navy aids distressed vessels

The UK Royal Navy-linked UK Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) safety group earlier issued a warning, urging „extreme caution“ in the area.

13.06.2019 - 11:40 [ CNBC ]

Oil jumps more than 3% on reports of tanker incident in the Gulf of Oman off Iran coast

A spokesman for the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet in Bahrain told the Associated Press that his command was „aware“ of the incident and was seeking further details. U.S. Naval ships are in the area and are „rendering assistance“ after forces in the region received two separate distress calls, the Fifth Fleet said.

09.05.2019 - 20:56 [ New York Times ]

U.S. Seizes North Korean Ship for Violating Sanctions

“This sanctions-busting ship is now out of service,” said John C. Demers, the head of the Justice Department’s national security division. The complaint was filed in Federal District Court in Manhattan on Thursday by the United States attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York.

The civil action came as North Korea’s weapons tests over the past several days have threatened the disarmament discussions that President Trump opened.

21.04.2019 - 16:16 [ Eurasiafuture.com ]

Why Isn’t Oil-Rich Russia Helping Its Syrian “Ally” Survive The Fuel Crisis?

It’s seemingly inexplicable that one of the world’s top oil exporters and most masterful perception management practitioners wouldn’t gift its “ally” emergency fuel shipments as a humanitarian gesture or at least sell it what it needs under a deferred payment plan, especially when considering that it’s owned all of the country’s oil and gas infrastructure since last year and regularly ships large amounts of oil to the country in order to meet the huge demands of its fuel-hungry Aerospace Forces there. On top of that, Russia even sells gas to its American adversary in spite of the sanctions that its customer imposed on this industry,

21.04.2019 - 16:06 [ Mzahem Alsaloum ‏/ Twitter ]

acrdg to the Marine Traffic, The #Iran|ian Oil Tanker „STARK I“, has been arrived to #Turkey, after 4 weeks of been retaining n the #Egypt`s Suez, bcz it was going to #Syria, the Syrian PM has mentioned a „breakthrough n the current crisis“, would Turkey send it by the mainland?!

21.04.2019 - 15:59 [ Wall Street Journal ]

U.S. Sanctions Hit Iran’s Oil Lifeline to Syria

(22.3.2019)

Egypt turned back an Iranian tanker headed for Syria over U.S. Treasury warning