News ID: 258808
Published: 1023 GMT September 16, 2019

IRGC seizes vessel smuggling fuel to UAE in Persian Gulf

IRGC seizes vessel smuggling fuel to UAE in Persian Gulf
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Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has seized a ship carrying some 250,000 liters of smuggled diesel fuel in the Persian Gulf, detaining all crew members on board.

Brigadier General Ali Ozmaei, an IRGC commander, said on Monday that the vessel, manned by 11 crew members, was detained near the Strait of Hormuz when it was smuggling the fuel to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Press TV reported.

"This boat was sailing from Bandar Lengeh towards the United Arab Emirates before it was seized 32 kilometers east of the Greater Tunb Island in the Persian Gulf," Ozmaei said.

"The boat's 11 crew members have been handed over to legal authorities," he added, without elaborating on the nationalities of the crewmen.

State television also broadcast footage from the deck of the vessel with open hatches that showed tanks full of fuel.

It is the second such seizure this month.

On September 7, Iranian coast guards seized a vessel smuggling nearly 284,000 liters of fuel and detained its 12 Filipino crew members in the Strait of Hormuz.

In another incident on July 19, the IRGC impounded the 30,000-tonne UK-flagged Stena Impero tanker as it was passing through the Strait of Hormuz en route to Saudi Arabia “for failing to respect international maritime rules.”

The vessel had been involved in an accident with an Iranian fishing boat and had ignored its distress call, changing its route.



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