Posted on July 12, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The rift between the West and Iran continues to grow; authorities in Gibraltar have proceeded to arrest the Indian Master & Chief Officer of the Iranian Oil Tanker, Grace 1.
As part of the arrests, the police have also seized documents and electronic devices from the ship.
"This is a dangerous game and has consequences... the legal pretexts for the capture are not valid... the release of the tanker is in all countries' interest," said a spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry in a statement to the press.
These arrests follow an Iranian attempt to seize a BP oil tanker earlier this week off the Strait of Hormuz, however, Iran has tried to deny these allegations.
Thankfully there was a British frigate present in the area at the time, tasked with escorting the vessel through the Strait, that managed to successfully protect the oil tanker.
This latest incident has prompted the UK to raise the ship security level for vessels transiting through Iranian territory to critical - 3, the highest possible for its category.
However, Britain has gone on record to say that it does not intend to escort every single British-flagged vessel through the Strait of Hormuz.
Reportedly, the UK wishes to defend its maritime interests in the Gulf but does not wish to further escalate the already tense relations with Iran.
Image Courtesy of Marine Traffic