Sky News Friday 19 July 2019 19:36, UK The Iranian Revolutionary Guard told state TV it seized the Stena Impero.
The Foreign Office is "urgently seeking" further information after Iran claimed to have seized a British-flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz. Sky sources have confirmed defence secretary Penny Mordaunt has been briefed on the incident in the Gulf. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard told state TV they had seized the Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz.
The tanker's owner said the vessel was in international waters
A statement from the ship's owner and management firm said: "Stena Bulk and Northern Marine Management can confirm that at approximately 1600 BST on 19th July UK registered vessel Stena Impero was approached by unidentified small crafts and a helicopter during transit of the Strait of Hormuz while the vessel was in international waters. "We are presently unable to contact the vessel which is now heading north towards Iran. "There are 23 seafarers aboard. There have been no reported injuries and their safety is of primary concern to both owners and managers. "The priority of both vessel owner Stena Bulk and ship manager Northern Marine Management is the safety and welfare of the crew." "This is being discussed at the highest level of government," she added. It comes after the Iranian tanker, Grace 1, was seized on 4 July off the coast of Gibraltar for trying to take oil to Syria in violation of European Union sanctions. Following the operation, led by a team of Royal Marines, Iran threatened to seize a British tanker in retaliation. Just days later a Royal Navy warship deterred Iranian patrol boats attempting to impede a British tanker sailing through the Strait of Hormuz, leading the government to deploy a second vessel to the gulf
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