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Iranian boats try to block Manx registered vessel in Persian Gulf

Thu, 11 Jul 2019

Photo courtesy of MarineTraffic.com
Photo courtesy of MarineTraffic.com

Oil giant BP has thanked the Royal Navy for its support - after three Iranian boats tried to block a Manx registered vessel near the Persian Gulf.

The attack on the British Heritage was intercepted by a UK warship.

Tensions have increased between the UK and Iran since Royal Marines helped seize an Iranian tanker that it's claimed was breaching EU sanctions.

A UK Government Spokesperson said:

“Contrary to international law, three Iranian vessels attempted to impede the passage of a commercial vessel, British Heritage, through the Strait of Hormuz.”
“HMS Montrose was forced to position herself between the Iranian vessels and British Heritage and issue verbal warnings to the Iranian vessels, which then turned away.
“We are concerned by this action and continue to urge the Iranian authorities to de-escalate the situation in the region.”


 

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