FEATURE | Tanker seizure highlights maritime security complexities

On July 19, Iranian forces conducted a professionally-executed operation to seize the Swedish-owned, UK-flagged, tanker Stena Impero, while it was underway in Omani waters. The ship was then directed to Iranian waters, where it remains at anchor. It seems certain that the seizure was carried out in retaliation for the boarding and detention, in Gibraltar waters on July 4 of the VLCC Grace 1, which is reportedly carrying Iranian crude oil destined for Syria.

DSME wins OSC order for VLCC pair

Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) has received a firm order for two very large crude carriers (VLCCs) plus one option from Oman Shipping Company (OSC).

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