Tanker not involved in Gulf collision, oil company says Ship’s crew

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LONDON, July 7 (Reuters) – The Bahamian-flagged Richmond Voyager was not involved in any collision in the Gulf, its manager, US oil giant Chevron CVX.N, told Reuters on Friday after Iran said that there was a court order to confiscate the ship.

The US Navy said Wednesday it had intervened to prevent Iran from seizing two commercial tankers, including the Richmond Voyager, in the Gulf of Oman. This is the latest in a series of attacks on ships in the region since 2019.

According to the US Navy, Iranian naval personnel had fired several long shots at the Richmond Voyager, although the ship sustained no significant damage and the sailors on board were not injured.

Iran said Thursday it had a court order to seize the tanker after it collided with an Iranian ship, injuring five crew members and causing flooding on board, the Maritime Search and Rescue Center of Iran’s Hormozgan province said of the official IRINN news agency.

“Chevron has not received any notification of legal proceedings, court orders or otherwise from Iran,” a company spokesman said.

“Additionally, contrary to some sources, the Richmond Voyager was not involved in a collision in the Arabian Gulf.”

Leading shipping registries including the Marshall Islands and Greece have warned of the threat to merchant shipping in the Gulf, including the Strait of Hormuz, in recent weeks.

(Reporting by Jonathan Saul in London and Lisa Barrington in Dubai, editing by Matthew Lewis)

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