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Chinese VLCC Flees MMEA Inspection - Malaysia Calls for Ship Seizure

The Panama-flagged VLCC, SILVANA III fled an inspection by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) during the afternoon of December the 5th, prompting Malaysian authorities to call for the seizure of the offending vessel.

Dec 11 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 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

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

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

US Sanctions 9 Vessels and 4 Shipping Companies for Transporting Venezuelan Oil

The United States Department of Treasury has sanctioned yet another nine ships, and four shipping companies.

Apr 15 2019

US Blacklists Greek Vessel in Connection to US Sanctions in Venezuela

The U.S. Department of Treasury has blacklisted a number of vessels and shipping firms in connection to the US sanctions in Venezuela.

Apr 10 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


Strait at Risk - What if Iran Blockades the Strait of Hormuz?

I. Vlad Sutea
Intelligence Officer

As the only sea passage from the Persian Gulf to the open sea, the Strait of Hormuz is the world’s most important hydrocarbon chokepoint, accounting for almost 40 percent of global energy transport. While Iran has repeatedly threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz in the past, recent attacks in the adjacent waters have heightened fears of an Iranian blockade. Although the likelihood of armed conflict in the region remains low, the possible impact of hostilities is far too serious to ignore.

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