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Iran: UK oil tanker seized for violating Int'l Law of Sea

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Bandar Abbas, July 20, IRNA -- A senior Iranian Ports and Maritime Department official said on Saturday that the UK oil tanker, Stena Impero, was seized for violation of the International Law of the Sea and ignoring the principle of passage without damage to the environment.

"The British vessel hit a fishing trawler, which needs to be investigated," said the Director-General of the Ports and Maritime Department of Hormuzgan province Allahmorad Afifipour.

The fishing ship contacted the British vessel, but there was no answer; so, as the regulations demand, the crew of the fishing ship radioed the Ports and Maritime Organization to inform them of the accident, he added.

Following the routine procedure, the military forces were informed to guide the UK vessel to the harbor for the necessary investigations; then the Navy of Islamic Revolution Guards Corps guided the vessel to Bandar Abbas, he noted.


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