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St Nikolas ship X1 oil tanker involved in U.S.-Iran dispute in the Gulf of Oman which state media says was seized is seen in the Tokyo bay. Daisuke Nimura/Handout via REUTERS

St Nikolas ship X1 oil tanker involved in U.S.-Iran dispute in the Gulf of Oman which state media says was seized is seen in the Tokyo bay, Japan, October 4, 2020, in this handout picture. Daisuke Nimura/Handout via REUTERS

Iran Seized Tanker Located Off Iran’s Qeshm Island

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January 14, 2024
Reuters

CAIRO (Reuters) – The Marshall Islands-flagged tanker seized by Iran in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday has been located east of Iran’s Qeshm Island, monitoring service TankerTrackers.com said in a post on social media platform X.

Iran seized the St Nikolas, loaded with Iraqi crude destined for Turkey, in retaliation for the confiscation last year of the same vessel and its Iranian oil cargo by the United States, Iranian state media reported.

“The Greek-owned, UK-insured and Marshall Islands-flagged Suezmax tanker ST NIKOLAS…laden with 1 million barrels of Iraqi crude oil, has been located today east of Qeshm Island, Iran…AIS (ship tracking) is offline,” TankerTrackers said in its post on Saturday.

The U.S. had seized the ship in a sanctions enforcement operation when it sailed under the name Suez Rajan, with Iran warning that the move would “not go unanswered.”

Read Also: The Curious Backstory on Iran’s Latest Tanker Seizure in Gulf of Oman

The semi-official Fars news agency on Thursday cited a navy statement saying that the St Nikolas tanker was en route to Iranian ports. 

The seizure of St Nikolas coincides with weeks of attacks by Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi militias targeting Red Sea shipping routes.

(Reporting by Enas Alashray; Editing by Kirsten Donovan)

(c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2024.

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