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Seized British-flagged tanker anchored off Iran: Port authority

Stena Impero, a British-flagged vessel owned by Stena Bulk, at an undisclosed location. Photograph:( Reuters )

Agencies Tehran Jul 20, 2019, 11.59 AM (IST)

A British-flagged tanker seized by Iran is now at anchor off the port of Bandar Abbas with all its crew aboard after colliding with a fishing boat, authorities said on Saturday.

The Swedish-owned Stena Impero "collided with a fishing boat", said Allah-Morad Afifipoor, director-general of the Hormozgan province port and maritime organisation.

"This tanker has 23 crew and they are all on the ship" off Bandar Abbas, he told Fars news agency.

Iran on Saturday seized one British tanker and stopped another in the Strait of Hormuz for "violating international regulations."

Iran announced that it has seized a British tanker Steno Impero. Hours later, US official said that Iran has also seized a second tanker, the Liberian-flagged MV Masdar, reported CNN.

The UK condemned the seizure and said, "These seizures are unacceptable. It is essential that freedom of navigation is maintained and that all ships can move safely and freely in the region."

Meanwhile, United States President Donald Trump said that it proves that Iran is nothing but trouble.

"This only goes to show what I'm saying about Iran. Trouble. Nothing but trouble," he said.
 

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The Swedish-owned Stena Impero "collided with a fishing boat", said Allah-Morad Afifipoor, director-general of the Hormozgan province port and maritime organisation.