Iran responds to UK seizure of Iranian tanker by seizing two British tankers in Persian Gulf

Support us and go ad-free

Iranian authorities in the Persian Gulf have reportedly seized two British oil tankers.

This comes amid rising UK-Iranian tensions which began when Royal Marines helped to seize an Iranian oil tanker in the Mediterranean on 4 July. A former commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) responded by saying his country should seize a British tanker in response. Iranian president Hassan Rouhani also warned of unspecified “repercussions”.

The Stena Impero, which is registered in the UK, was seized by the IRGC in the Strait of Hormuz for “violating international maritime rules”, according to the semi-official Fars news agency. A second oil tanker, the Liberia-flagged Mesdar, which is owned and operated by Glasgow-based firm Norbulk, appeared to veer off course towards the Iranian coast, according to its path on the Marine Traffic website.

UK foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt said he understood that there were no British citizens on board either ship. He also confirmed that he will attend a meeting of the government’s emergency committee Cobra on Friday night to discuss the issue.

A statement from Stena Bulk, which owns the Stena Impero, said ship manager Northern Marine Management had lost contact with the crew of 23 after “unidentified small crafts and a helicopter” approached the vessel at around 4pm on Friday. The company claimed the tanker was in international waters at the time but now appeared to be heading north towards Iran. Stena Bulk said “there have been no reported injuries and their safety is of primary concern to both owners and managers.”

Peace activists have previously criticised Hunt and other politicians for “grandstanding” and “sabre-rattling” over Iran, calling for deescalation.

Read on...

Support us and go ad-free
Support us and go ad-free

We need your help to keep speaking the truth

Every story that you have come to us with; each injustice you have asked us to investigate; every campaign we have fought; each of your unheard voices we amplified; we do this for you. We are making a difference on your behalf.

Our fight is your fight. You’ve supported our collective struggle every time you gave us a like; and every time you shared our work across social media. Now we need you to support us with a monthly donation.

We have published nearly 2,000 articles and over 50 films in 2021. And we want to do this and more in 2022 but we don’t have enough money to go on at this pace. So, if you value our work and want us to continue then please join us and be part of The Canary family.

In return, you get:

* Advert free reading experience
* Quarterly group video call with the Editor-in-Chief
* Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
* 20% discount in our shop

Almost all of our spending goes to the people who make The Canary’s content. So your contribution directly supports our writers and enables us to continue to do what we do: speaking truth, powered by you. We have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence our vital opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right-wing mainstream media.

With your help we can continue:

* Holding political and state power to account
* Advocating for the people the system marginalises
* Being a media outlet that upholds the highest standards
* Campaigning on the issues others won’t
* Putting your lives central to everything we do

We are a drop of truth in an ocean of deceit. But we can’t do this without your support. So please, can you help us continue the fight?

The Canary Support us