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Iran detained tanker heading to UAE

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) detained a ship heading for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the Strait of Hormuz. This was announced on Monday, September 16, Iran’s state-owned television and radio company IRIB.

Detained and 11 crew members of the tanker. They were accused of smuggling diesel fuel. On board there are 250 thousand liters of diesel fuel. Who owns the tanker is not specified.

This is not the first such case. So, in the summer of 2019, the IRGC reported that the Stena Impero tanker, sailing under the British flag , was detained in the Strait of Hormuz for violating international shipping rules on July 19 .

On Monday, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said that the tanker Stena Impero, sailing under the British flag and detained in July, will be released in a few days.

The detention of Stena Impero occurred after the Gibraltar authorities on July 4 detained the Iranian tanker Grace 1, whose team was suspected of delivering oil to Syria from Iran, bypassing EU sanctions. As a result, the tanker was released and left Gibraltar on August 19.

Before leaving for sailing, the ship was renamed Adrian Darya. It stood in Gibraltar for 46 days.

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