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Iranians seize chemical tanker in Gulf

Yokel

LE

Iran seizes chemical tanker in Gulf - UK Defence Journal

Iran has seized a South Korean-flagged tanker in the Persian Gulf.

This incident has occured at a time of tension between Iran and South Korea after Iranian funds were frozen at South Korean banks due to U.S. sanctions.

The ship was travelling from Saudi Arabia to the port of Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates.

The UK maritime Trade Operations website said the following in a statement:

“UKMTO are aware that an interaction occurred this morning between 0615 – 0733Z within the Straits of Hormuz between a Merchant Vessel and the Iranian Authorities. As a consequence of this interaction the Merchant Vessel made an alteration of course North and proceeded into Iranian Territorial Waters”

According to Reuters here, the semi-official Tasnim news agency published pictures showing what it identified as Guards speed boats escorting the tanker HANKUK CHEMI, which it said was carrying 7,200 tonnes of ethanol.

“It said the vessel’s crew members had been detained and included nationals of South Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar, but did not say how many there were. It said the tanker was being held at Iran’s Bandar Abbas port city.”


Threats to shipping and international commerce continue.
 

miner69er

Old-Salt
With a bit of luck it might be carrying a pooh load of ammoniun nitrate - you boy put that fag out!

Kaboom - it may be there way of celebrating the great Solemani's elevation to martyrism with another kabbom!
 
Ethanol you say, was it on route to a buyer in Nottingham, drinking for the use of?
 

Yokel

LE
With a bit of luck it might be carrying a pooh load of ammoniun nitrate - you boy put that fag out!

Kaboom - it may be there way of celebrating the great Solemani's elevation to martyrism with another kabbom!

Not so good for the innocent crew though.

I am not sure the IRGCN lunatics would be deterred by the thought of being blown up, and the regime would find some way of blaming us, the Americans, Israelis, Saudis....

I wonder if their Special Warfare Command units will deploy?

According to the media, South Korean 'commandos' have deployed to the Gulf.

Ethanol you say, was it on route to a buyer in Nottingham, drinking for the use of?

The Revolutionary Gaurds are not doing a bit of alcohol smuggling are they?
 
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Winnet

War Hero
It's just part of the Iranian negotiation process. They have form.

This latest incident comes as Iran and South Korea are currently at loggerheads over the status of Iranian funds worth $7 billion that are frozen in South Korean banks due to sanctions imposed by the United States. South Korea’s deputy foreign minister was reportedly planning to visit Tehran soon to discuss Iranian demand for the release of the funds.
 

Yokel

LE
It's just part of the Iranian negotiation process. They have form.

This latest incident comes as Iran and South Korea are currently at loggerheads over the status of Iranian funds worth $7 billion that are frozen in South Korean banks due to sanctions imposed by the United States. South Korea’s deputy foreign minister was reportedly planning to visit Tehran soon to discuss Iranian demand for the release of the funds.

Is there any detailed information of how the vessel was taken over?

Does this indicate that the regime is getting a bit desperate? Would this have been authorised at a national level or would it have been local Revolutionary Guards acting opportunistically?

Does the Republic of Korea Navy contribute forces to security operations in the Gulf?
 
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Winnet

War Hero
Is there any detailed information of how the vessel was taken over?

Does this indicate that the regime is getting a bit desperate? Would this have been authorised at a national level or would it have been local Revolutionary Gaurds acting opportunistically?

Does the Republic of Korea Navy contribute forces to security operations in the Gulf?

The most informative article I could find was this one . It does answer some of the questions you raised.

 

Yokel

LE
Iran's strategy of state piracy menaces Middle East oil lanes - Arab News

Observers suspect the ship was in fact taken hostage as part of an ongoing row with Seoul over $7 billion in revenue from oil sales that remain frozen in South Korean banks under US sanctions imposed against Iran by the Trump administration.

Seizing ships in the Strait of Hormuz

Although the MT Hankuk Chemi is the first major vessel to be seized by Iran in more than a year, incidents of this kind have become all too common in the Strait of Hormuz and nearby shipping lanes. Several vessels have been boarded or mysteriously attacked since President Donald Trump ramped up his “maximum pressure” campaign, with Iran named as the likely culprit.

The IRGC navy has long used its fleet of speedboats to harass commercial shipping and military vessels in the region, seizing at least six ships in 2019 over alleged fuel smuggling. Iran has also repeatedly threatened to blockade the strait if it is attacked.


Supplying anti ship missiles to proxies such as Hezbollah and the Houthis
Limpet mines damaging vessels in Middle East ports
Real naval mines?

The Iran-backed Houthi militia in Yemen has also launched repeated attacks on ports and ships in recent years, routinely planting marine mines in the southern Red Sea and in the Bab Al-Mandab Strait in the path of commercial shipping.

Does this count as 'hybrid' warfare?
 
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Hope it hits a mine and helps those that want to meet the 72 virgins
Monobrowed hairy munters - there's a good reason they are virgins, f*kin uglier than the winners of Egramont crab fair gurning competition and stinking of BO combined with being a bit mongy in the brain department.
All the decent looking birds were married off at 8 years old to some 60 year old mullah (or raped by their fathers/uncles/brothers - etc.), still that's the middle east for you!

Probably virgins because they are the female equivalent of this dude:
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That's rich coming from you.
Are you my internet stalker? You seem to comment on a few of my posts - hence you will be relegated to my ignore list now :).
 

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