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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

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

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

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

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

ICS Urges Against the Use of Armed Security Forces when Transiting through the Middle East

The International Chamber of Shipping has issued a warning, urging shipping companies sailing through the Middle East to avoid using armed security guards on their transits, as to avoid potentially escalating the already volatile situation.

Jul 16 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

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


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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