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Fire Erupts onboard Iranian Cargo Ship Berthed at Russian Port

A fire erupted aboard the Iranian-flagged General Cargo Ship, VAFA 2, during the morning hours of December the 2nd while the ship was berthed at Russia’s Astrakhan Port.

Dec 03 2019

Tanker Seized Following Singapore Court Decision

The Belize-flagged, Chinese-owned Tankship, ECHO STAR, was seized at the request of the Blue Fleet Group following a court decision by the High Court of Singapore.

Nov 20 2019

Iran Suggests Attack was Act of One or More Foreign Governments, Promises to Respond

The Iranian Foreign Minister, Javad Zariff has alluded during a statement to the press on the 15th of October, that the attack on the Tanker Sabiti was the act of a foreign government.

Oct 16 2019

Two Explosions Rock Iranian Tanker in the Red Sea - Tehran Suggests Terrorist Act

The Iranian state Oil Tanker, SABITI was the victim of an alleged terrorist attack during the early morning hours of October the 11th while it was transiting through the Red Sea.

Oct 11 2019

Seized UK-flagged vessel, Stena Impero, Soon to be Released

According to a statement by an Iranian Maritime official, released on September the 22nd, the British-flagged Oil Tanker, Stena Impero is soon to be released.

Sep 25 2019

Saudi Coalition Intercepts Explosive-Laden Boat

A military spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition backing the Yemeni government has revealed that they’ve destroyed a Houthi bomb boat off the coast of Yemen.

Sep 20 2019

US Warns of Potential Maritime Threat off the Coast of Yemen

The US Maritime Administration (MARAD) has issued an alert, warning that a “maritime threat” has been reported in the Red Sea off of Yemen.

Sep 17 2019

Iran Seizes another Vessel over Alleged Fuel Smuggling

Iran seized a vessel transiting through the Strait of Hormuz on Saturday the 7th of September, over its alleged involvement in oil-trafficking.

Sep 10 2019

Iran Plans to Release 7 Crew Members from Seized Tanker

According to the owners of the Iranian-seized, British-flagged Oil Tanker, Stena Impero, Iran is planning to release seven of the 23 crew members onboard the tanker.

Sep 05 2019

Iran Confirms Sale of Crude Oil Onboard Adrian Darya 1 - Ship Expected to Unload at Turkey

According to a statement by an Iranian State representative, Iran has sold the 2.1 million barrels of crude oil on board the Crude Oil Tanker, Adrian Darya 1, formerly known as Grace1 to an unknown buyer.

Aug 29 2019

ITF Responds to US State Department Policy to Revoke Seafarer Visas

The International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) has issued a statement decrying latest move on behalf of the US State Department to deny US visas to seafarers that have worked on a vessel carrying Iranian oil.

Aug 29 2019

Iranian Oil Tanker Suffers Mechanical Failure in the Red Sea

The Iranian Oil Carrier, HELM suffered mechanical failure during the early morning hours of August the 20th while transiting through the Red Sea near Saudi Arabia.

Aug 23 2019

Detained Iranian Oil Tanker, Grace1 Changes Name, Sets Sail for Greek Port - US Renews Calls for Seizure

The seized Iranian Oil Tanker, Grace1 officially set sail from Gibraltar in the evening of August the 18th, heading towards the Greek port of Kalamata.

Aug 20 2019

Gibraltar Releases Grace1 into Iranian Custody

Gibraltar has freed the Iranian Crude Oil Tanker, Grace 1, which had been detained for over a month on suspicion of smuggling Iranian Oil to Syria.

Aug 16 2019

Iran Seizes Third Oil Tanker in the Persian Gulf

Iranian state media issued a statement on August the 4th, in regard to the seizure of yet another Oil Tanker transiting through the Persian Gulf, marking this as the third seizure of a foreign vessel by Iran in a month.

Aug 12 2019

The Growing Threat of State-Piracy

On May the 12th four shipping vessels were attacked in Fujairah anchorage. The hard-earned, relative peace and stability that had temporarily settled into the region over the last few years was being threatened. This could have been a one-time incident, but the threat was far from over.

Jul 29 2019

MT Riah Charterer Denies Iranian Allegations of Oil Smuggling

The UAE-based charterer of the Panama-flagged Oil Tanker, MT Riah that was seized while transiting through the Strait of Hormuz last week, has denied Iran’s allegations of oil smuggling.

Jul 25 2019

Stena Bulk Denies Iranian Version of Events Leading to Seizure

The owners of the Stena Impero, the UK-flagged Oil Tanker that was seized by Iran in the Strait of Hormuz on June the 19th, have denied allegations of a collision involving their vessel.

Jul 24 2019

UK Proposes the Creation of a European Naval Task Force to Protect Vessels Transiting through the Gulf

The UK Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has proposed the creation of a European naval task force in order to protect commercial vessels transiting through the Strait of Hormuz.

Jul 23 2019

Iran Seizes Two Oil Tankers in the Strait of Hormuz

In what constitutes a dramatic escalation of tensions between Iran & the West, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard seized two British Oil Tankers during the evening hours of Friday the 19th of July.

Jul 20 2019

Iran Seizes Oil Tanker in the Strait of Hormuz

According to the Iranian state media, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard has seized the Panama-flagged Oil Products Tanker, MT Riah.

Jul 19 2019

Tanker Disappears in the Gulf Prompting Fears of Iranian Seizure

US Intel suggests that the Panama-flagged Oil Tanker, MT RIAH has been seized by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.

Jul 17 2019

Tensions Continue to Grow between the West and Iran – UK Raises Ship Security Level for Vessels in the Strait of Hormuz to Critical

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.

Jul 12 2019

Iranian Navy Attempts to Seize BP Vessel

Naval Forces belonging to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) attempted to seize the BP-owned Oil Tanker, British Heritage as it was attempting to transit through the Strait of Hormuz.

Jul 11 2019

BP Oil Tanker Seeks Shelter in Persian Gulf to Avoid Potential Iranian Seizure

The BP-owned Oil Tanker, British Heritage has sought shelter in the Persian Gulf, as BP fears it might be the target of an Iranian retaliation for the seizure of Grace 1.

Jul 10 2019

Royal Marines Raid Vessel Transiting through Gibraltar

A unit of Royal Marine Commandos raided the Panama-flagged Crude Oil Tanker, Grace 1 during the early morning hours of June 4th, as the vessel was transiting through the strait of Gibraltar.

Jul 04 2019

International Community Requires More Evidence on Tanker Attacks

The United Arab Emirates have gone on record, to suggest more evidence is needed to back the US allegations that Iran was behind the attacks on the two tankers off the Strait of Hormuz on June the 13th.

Jun 28 2019

SITUATION REPORT: Iranian Downing of an American Drone and US Response

Situation Report on the shooting down of the US Navy UAV that occurred over the Strait of Hormuz on June the 20th. Written by Intelligence Officer & ARX Maritime Correspondent, I. Vlad Sutea.

Jun 24 2019

Tankers Attacked in the Strait of Hormuz Arrive at Fujairah

The two tankers that were attacked last Thursday off the strait of Hormuz, successfully arrived at the port of Fujairah on June the 17th, following a salvaging operation.

Jun 17 2019

UPDATE: New Details Surface on the Attacks in the Strait of Hormuz

More details have surfaced on the attacks on the two tankers that occurred near the Strait of Hormuz, in the area between Fujairah, UAE and Jask, Iran on June the 13th.

Jun 14 2019

Two Oil Tankers Damaged in Suspected Torpedo Attacks in the Gulf of Oman

Two tankers have been involved in an attack in the Gulf of Oman during the morning hours of June the 13th and had to be evacuated.

Jun 13 2019

Iranian Oil Tanker in Trouble in the Red Sea

The Iranian-flagged oil tanker, Happiness I experienced water ingress in its engine room on April the 30th, while transiting off the coast of Saudi Arabia.

May 02 2019

General Cargo Ship Capsizes in Iranian Port

Comoran-flagged General Cargo vessel, SL STAR capsized while at berth at Rajaei Port, Bander Abbas, Iran in the morning of March 19th.

Mar 20 2019

Iranian Navy Repels Alleged Pirate Attack in the Gulf of Aden

The Iranian Navy has repelled a pirate attack on an Iranian-flagged oil tanker in the Gulf of Aden.

Mar 12 2019

Iranian Tankers Go Dark in Order to Avoid Newly Imposed Sanctions

As the United States reinstate the Embargo against Iran, Iranian Freighters have chosen to switch off their transponders in an effort to avoid international tracking systems

Nov 05 2018

Three Sailors Killed, and Eight Poisoned Aboard Iranian Freighter.

A mass poisoning took place aboard the Iranian freighter Nazmehr, leaving three dead and eight hospitalised.

Oct 22 2018


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