Iran seized Tanzania-flagged tug operated by UAE company VIDEO
Unidentified ship was seized in Strait of Hormuz by Iran Coast Guard for allegedly, fuel smuggling, Iran news agencies reported on Sep 7:
Iran Press/Iran news: A vessel, carrying nearly 283,900 liters of diesel was sized in the east of Strait of Hormuz during this operation, the Maritime Commander of Hormozgan province Hossein Dahaki said on Sep 7. 12 crew members from the Philippines detained, Dahaki added according to Iran Press.
Iran media published video of arrested ship, and there’s little doubt, that it’s Tanzania-flagged offshore supply tug AL BURAQ 1, operated by company based in UAE, with some 280 tons of allegedly, smuggled fuel.
The ship obviously, was engaged in supply activities, supplying the ships anchored off UAE coast in Gulf of Oman, and didn’t call Iranian ports, according to available AIS data. On Sep 2, nevertheless, the ship suddenly appeared at Bandar Abbas, on Sep 4 tug was taken to Qeshm port, near Bandar Abbas. The ship lost its’ portside anchor somewhere, she’s anchored and chained to shore, for good measure.
Ship’s AIS history tracks didn’t cross Iranian sea border in the Strait, so assumedly tug was intercepted in Oman waters.
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