Tanker News – Iran warns further tankers could be detained – 30.05.2022

Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has warned that other Greek tankers currently in the Persian Gulf could be detained as the dispute between the two nations continues about the fate of an Iranian oil cargo onboard a Russian-flagged tanker that was seized in Greece in April.

Iranian forces detained two Greek owned tankers – the 2011 built 274 metre (suezmax) tanker DELTA POSEIDON

And the 2017 built 274 metre (suezmax) tanker PRUDENT WARRIOR

last Friday and shortly after, relayed through local media that 17 Greek tankers could be seized if the RUS Flag 2003 built 249 metres crude oil tanker LANA with the confiscated crude oil detained earlier is not returned.

Greece lodged a strong protest over the “violent occupation of two Greek-flagged ships”, describing the acts as essentially equivalent to piracy and called for the immediate release of the vessels and their crews. France also denounced the move, calling it “a serious violation of international law”.

Timeline image is of the 2009 built tanker DELTA HARMONY offshore Sicily back to October 2009

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Published – Tuesday 31st May, 2022.