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UK-flagged tanker stopped in Gulf 'safe and well': Maritime trade official 

Oil supertanker Grace 1 detained on suspicion of carrying Iranian crude oil to Syria is seen near Gibraltar, Spain. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi Jul 06, 2019, 03.37 PM (IST)

A UK-flagged supertanker that came to a halt in the Gulf early on Saturday is "safe and well", news agency Reuters reported quoting a United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) official.

The Pacific Voyager oil tanker stopped as part of a routine procedure to adjust its arrival time at its next port of call and has since continued on its way, the report added quoting the same official.

The UKMTO, which coordinates shipping in the Gulf, had been in direct contact with the vessel, the official said.

Meanwhile, Iran dismissed as "fabricated" reports of the seizure of a British oil tanker in the Gulf, Iran's IRIB news agency quoted unnamed sources as saying.

On Twitter, some reports said a British-flagged supertanker called ‘Pacific Voyager’ had come to a halt in the Gulf.

An Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander threatened on Friday to seize a British ship in retaliation for the capture of an Iranian supertanker by Royal Marines in Gibraltar on Thursday for trying to take oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions.

(With inputs from Reuters)

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An Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander threatened on Friday to seize a British ship in retaliation for the capture of an Iranian supertanker by Royal Marines in Gibraltar on Thursday for trying to take oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions.