Tehran (The Times Groupe)- Iran says its marine police had seized a foreign vessel loaded with smuggled fuel in the Persian Gulf waters on Wednesday, state-run media reported.
Iran’s offical news agency IRNA says the Iranian Marine Police have seized a foreign ship in the Persian Gulf, which was carrying smuggled fuel – a shipment with an estimated volume of 550,000 liters of diesel.
The ship, which was carrying smuggled fuel, was seized near Maroo Island [west of Hormozgan province and near the port of Moqam]. The island is known as Shidor and locally called Shetvar.
By qouting Iranian officials, IRNA said Iran Marine Police arrested vessel’s seven crew members – whose nationality it declined to identify. The nationalities of the crew members arrested is unknown.
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.