News ID: 256881
Published: 0250 GMT August 05, 2019

Iraqi Oil Ministry says has no ties to oil tanker seized by Iran

Iraqi Oil Ministry says has no ties to oil tanker seized by Iran

Iraq’s Oil Ministry said it has no connection with an oil tanker seized by Iran in the Persian Gulf for smuggling fuel, Iraqi News Agency reported.

“The ministry does not export diesel to the international market,” the ministry said in a statement on Sunday.

IRNA reported on Sunday that the tanker sized by Iran was an Iraqi ship.

A commander with Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), Ramezan Zirahi, told reporters on Sunday that patrols from the IRGC’s Naval District 2 had seized a foreign oil tanker near the Persian Gulf island of Farsi on Wednesday night after intelligence gathering.

According to the IRGC, the seized ship was carrying 700,000 liters of fuel for delivery to some Arab countries of the Persian Gulf.

Iraq’s Oil Ministry added that Iraq’s relevant authorities are working to gather information about the seized vessel.

Two Iraqi port officials said initial information obtained show that the seized “small ship” is owned by a private shipping company which is owned by an Iraqi private trader.

On July 14, the IRGC seized the Panamanian-flagged Ryiah tanker for smuggling one million liters of Iranian fuel south of Larak Island in the Persian Gulf.

On June 19, the IRGC impounded the 30,000-tonne UK-flagged Stena Impero tanker as it was passing through the Strait of Hormuz en route to Saudi Arabia “for failing to respect international maritime rules.”

The vessel had been involved in an accident with an Iranian fishing boat and had ignored its distress call, changing its route.


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