Tehran (Times Of Ocean)- Iranian officials say the Commandos with the naval force of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) have seized a foreign ship carrying “smuggled fuel” in the Persian Gulf.
Mojtaba Ghahremani, the Chief Justice of Hormozgan province, says the ship – whose nationality he declined to identify – was carrying more than 220,000 liters of “smuggled fuel”.
The IRGC forces reportedly arrested the vessel’s 11 foreign crew members. The nationalities of the crew members arrested is unknown.
It is not known whether the vessel was in Iranian waters.
A Dhow boat from Iran (A traditional boat used by locals in the Persian Gulf) carrying 20,000 liters of “smuggled diesel” was also seized as it was used to refuel the foreign ship.
Over the past years, Iran has seized dozens of tankers, merchant vessels, and ships sailing in the regional waters in retaliation against Western financial sanctions.
Iranian officials ambush tankers sailing in the Persian Gulf near Iran’s shores in order to seize them. smuggled fuel