Union Designates Strait of Hormuz a Temporary Extended Risk Zone

The International Transport Workers Federation has designated the Strait of Hormuz a Temporary Extended Risk Zone following recent tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman, including Iran's seizure last month of the Stena Impero. The strait received the designation following discussions by the International Bargaining Forum's Warlike Operations Areas Committee taking place over … [Read more...]

Stena Bulk Says Iran Detention of UK-Flagged Tanker Unacceptable

LONDON, Aug 6 (Reuters) - The continued detention of British-flagged tanker Stena Impero is "unacceptable and unjustifiable" and there are concerns for the welfare of the crew after 19 days in confinement, the vessel's owner said on Tuesday. Iran's Revolutionary Guards on July 19 seized the Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz waterway for alleged marine violations. That … [Read more...]

Crews of Some Ships Can Refuse to Sail Through Hormuz: Union

(Bloomberg) --The crews of some ships transiting the Strait of Hormuz have the right to refuse working on the vessels as they pass through the waterway -- the world’s most important energy chokepoint -- due to the recent danger associated with operating in the region. The change is part of a temporary agreement by the so-called Warlike Operations Area Committee, which held … [Read more...]

Britain Rules Out Tanker Swap with Iran

BANGKOK, Aug 1 (Reuters) - Britain on Thursday ruled out exchanging an Iranian tanker detained by Gibraltar for a British-flagged tanker seized by Iran in the Gulf. "We are not going to barter: if people or nations have detained UK-flagged illegally then the rule of law and rule of international law must be upheld," Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said while on a trip to … [Read more...]

Stena Bulk Demands Access to Stena Impero Tanker

Stena Bulk is still awaiting permission from the Iranian authorities to visit the Stena Impero tanker that was seized in the Strait of Hormuz on July 19. All 23 crew members, from India, Russia, Latvia and the Philippines, remain in good health and continue to have limited contact with family back home, Stena Bulk, the vessel’s commercial operator, said in an update … [Read more...]