U.S. Warns of GPS ‘Spoofing’ in Persian Gulf

By Tony Capaccio (Bloomberg) --The U.S. military is warning that Iranian naval forces may increase “aggressive actions” against American and allied commercial ships, citing reports from crews that experienced navigation and communications jamming. “Vessels have reported GPS interference, bridge-to-bridge communications spoofing, and/or other communications jamming with … [Read more...]

U.S. Tells Commercial Vessels to Send Gulf Transit Plans in Advance

By Sylvia Westall DUBAI, Aug 8 (Reuters) - The U.S. maritime agency has told U.S.-flagged commercial vessels they should send transit plans in advance to American and British naval authorities if they intend to sail in Gulf waters following several incidents over tankers involving Iran. The seizure of commercial vessels and attacks on tankers near the Strait of Hormuz have … [Read more...]

UK to Join US-led Maritime Security Mission in Gulf

LONDON, Aug 5 (Reuters) - Britain said on Monday it was joining a U.S.-led maritime security mission in the Gulf to protect merchant vessels traveling through the Strait of Hormuz. Tanker traffic through the Strait has become a focus for an increasingly tense standoff between Washington and Tehran, into which Britain has also been dragged, and the United States has beefed up … [Read more...]

Iran Seizes Foreign Tanker Smuggling Fuel in Gulf, Sate Media Reports

By Parisa Hafezi and Maher Chmaytelli DUBAI, Aug 4 (Reuters) - Iranian Revolutionary Guards seized a foreign oil tanker in the Gulf which they said was smuggling fuel and detained seven crewmen, Iran's state media reported on Sunday, in a show of power amid heightened tension with the West. The vessel was intercepted near Iran's Farsi Island in the Gulf, Iran's … [Read more...]

Shell Not Taking British-Flagged Tankers Through Hormuz

LONDON, Aug 1 (Reuters) - Royal Dutch Shell is not taking any British-flagged tankers through the Strait of Hormuz amid heightened tensions with Iran in the vital chokepoint for oil shipments. "There are Shell-managed vessels in the Strait of Hormuz and that will probably continue to be the case. Currently, though, there are no UK-flagged vessels," Chief Executive Ben van … [Read more...]