A British flagged tanker appears to have been stopped off the Iranian coast.
**UPDATE: Officials confirm that the Pacific Voyager is “safe & well” & “stopped to adjust its ETA into Saudi Arabia”**
‘Not under command’ means the ship is not able to manoeuvre. It is not a distress signal, but it can indicate a problem. https://t.co/eD45jw50yJ https://t.co/tBFdD9RA5m
The 160,000 tonne crude oil carrying vessel has declared itself ‘Not Under Command’.
Under Part A of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS), the term “vessel not under command” means a vessel which through some exceptional circumstance is unable to manoeuvre as required by these Rules and is therefore unable to keep out of the way of another vessel. The most common causes of this are mechanical failure and piracy.
Interesting.. a British tanker in the Persian Gulf has come to a complete stop. Would expect it to start heading south but as of now it's completely stopped.
Boat is the PACIFIC VOYAGER, image of the ship and it's location compared to Iran seen below. pic.twitter.com/om8JBktCBj
— The Doge (@IntelDoge) July 6, 2019
This comes not long after Iran threatened to seize a British oil tanker.
Earlier, the Gibraltar government (Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory) said it had reasonable grounds to believe that the Grace 1 was carrying crude oil to the Baniyas refinery in Syria.
Mohsen Rezai, a senior commander in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said on Twitter:
“If the UK doesn’t return the Iranian tanker, the duty of responsible bodies is to seize a British oil tanker in a retaliatory measure.”
Iran’s Foreign Ministry summoned the British ambassador to voice ‘its very strong objection to the illegal and unacceptable seizure’ of its ship earlier in the week.