Iran says it had a court order to confiscate a Chevron tanker after it collided Ship’s crew


DUBAI, July 6 (Reuters) – Iran said on Thursday it had received a court order to seize a tanker in Gulf waters a day earlier after it collided with an Iranian ship, one of two tankers carrying the US Navy said it had prevented Iran from taking over.

The Richmond Voyager, a Bahamas-flagged oil tanker, has collided with an Iranian ship and the Iranian Navy has issued a court order to confiscate her, the Maritime Search and Rescue Center of Iran’s Hormozgan province told the official IRINN news agency.

The US Navy said it sent a guided missile destroyer USS McFaul to respond to a distress call from the Richmond Voyager off the coast of Oman in international waters. It said Iranian authorities had ordered the tanker to stop and fired shots, but that the Iranian Navy ship departed when McFaul arrived.

Screenshot of video captured on July 5, 2023 of an Iranian naval vessel firing multiple long shots from small arms and crew-operated weapons in an attempt to unlawfully seize the commercial tanker in the Gulf of Oman. US Navy photo

Iran said so Richmond Voyager The collision with an Iranian ship with seven crew members injured five people and caused flooding on board, and the tanker did not stop after the incident. The Iranian shipowner then demanded the tanker be seized, IRINN said.

The US oil company Chevron, which manages it Richmond Voyagersaid his crew was safe and the ship was functioning normally.

The US Navy had previously responded to an incident involving the Marshall Islands-flagged oil tanker TRF Moss in the same region.

Iran seized two oil tankers within a week just over a month ago, the US Navy said.

Since 2019, there have been a number of attacks on shipping in strategic Gulf waters amid tensions between the US and Iran.

About a fifth of the world’s supply of crude oil and oil products flows by sea through the Strait of Hormuz, a bottleneck between Iran and Oman, according to data from analytics firm Vortexa.

(Reporting by Dubai Newsroom; Text by Lisa Barrington; Editing by Tom Hogue and Jason Neely)

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