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May 21, 2015

Iran aid ship reaches Djibouti waters, waits to enter port: activist

LONDON (Reuters) – An Iranian aid ship has reached the outskirts of Djibouti’s port and is waiting for a permit to enter after Tehran agreed to an international inspection of the vessel with goods for Yemen, an activist on board said on Thursday.

The Iran Shahed vessel, carrying 2,500 tonnes of food and medical supplies, was previously bound for the Yemeni port of Hodaida before Iran agreed on Wednesday to allow the international inspection.

May 19, 2015

Pentagon says Iran warships ‘linked up’ with cargo vessel

WASHINGTON/LONDON, May 19 (Reuters) – The Pentagon said on
Tuesday that two Iranian warships have “linked up” with a cargo
ship that Iran has said is carrying humanitarian aid to Yemen,
as activists on board the vessel said it was due to arrive at
the Yemeni port of Hodaida on Thursday.

“We’re not overly concerned at this point,” Pentagon
spokesman Colonel Steve Warren told a briefing, adding that the
ships’ locations were being monitored “every step of the way.”

May 19, 2015

Iran aid vessel not escorted by Iranian warships – activists

LONDON, May 19 (Reuters) – A Yemen-bound Iranian aid ship is
not being escorted by Iranian warships and is due to arrive in
the port of Hodaida on Thursday, two foreign activists onboard
the vessel told Reuters on Tuesday.

A coalition of Arab countries led by Saudi Arabia has
imposed searches on all ships trying to enter Yemen in a bid to
prevent weapons being smuggled to the Iran-allied Houthi group
which controls much of the country, including Hodaida.

May 15, 2015

Tanker attacked by Iranian craft collided with Iran oil platform in March: owner

LONDON (Reuters) – A Singapore-flagged oil products tanker fired at by Iranian craft on Thursday had previously collided with an Iranian oil drilling platform in March and efforts have since been made to resolve the issue, the owner said on Friday.

The Alpine Eternity was attacked by a number of small craft in international waters off the United Arab Emirates.

May 14, 2015

Iran navy fires shots at tanker as tensions rise in Gulf

WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) – Iranian naval vessels fired shots at a Singapore-flagged tanker in the Gulf on Thursday in what appeared to be the country’s latest attempt to settle a legal dispute by force with a passing commercial vessel, U.S. officials said.

Around noon (0800 GMT) in the Gulf, five Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy ships approached the Alpine Eternity, prompting the oil products tanker to flee to safety in United Arab Emirates waters, the officials said.

May 13, 2015

Yemen war risk could strangle strategic sea trade routes

LONDON (Reuters) – With Middle East giants Saudi Arabia and Iran squaring up on opposing sides in the Yemen war, the dangers to vital oil tanker and goods voyages are growing daily.

Millions of barrels of oil pass through the Bab el-Mandeb and Strait of Hormuz everyday to Europe, the United States and Asia – waterways which pass along the coasts of Yemen and Iran respectively. Insurance costs for shippers are likely to jump.

May 7, 2015

Yemen food ships face mounting delays as conflict backs up deliveries

LONDON (Reuters) – Merchant vessels are taking weeks to deliver vital food supplies to Yemen as Saudi-led coalition warships search for arms bound for Iran-allied Houthi fighters and heavy fighting disrupts shipments in a worsening humanitarian crisis.

The conflict has hurt imports to Yemen, where about 20 million people or 80 percent of the population, are estimated to be going hungry.

May 7, 2015

Iran says Maersk ship released, has left its territorial waters: ISNA

ANKARA/LONDON (Reuters) – Iran has released a Marshall-Islands flagged container ship and its crew which were seized last month in one of the world’s major oil shipping lanes, the Students News Agency ISNA quoted a foreign ministry official as saying on Thursday.

The vessel was diverted on April 28 by Iranian patrol boats in the Strait of Hormuz, prompting the United States to send vessels to monitor the situation and to accompany U.S.-flagged vessels passing through the strait.

Apr 29, 2015

Iran’s oil exports rise in April after framework nuclear accord

LONDON (Reuters) – Iran’s crude oil exports have risen in April following softer sales last month, helped by a framework nuclear agreement between Tehran and world powers and the possibility that Western sanctions could be lifted soon.

Iran, once OPEC’s second-largest producer after Saudi Arabia, hopes to boost crude exports by as much as 1 million barrels per day (bpd) if Tehran and six major powers finalise a nuclear agreement by a June 30 deadline. The sides reached a framework accord on March 31.

Apr 29, 2015

Maersk says crew of container vessel seized by Iran are safe

COPENHAGEN/LONDON (Reuters) – Danish shipping company Maersk said on Wednesday the crew of the Maersk Tigris container ship were safe and “in good spirits” after Iranian authorities seized the vessel in the Strait of Hormuz the previous day.

Iranian patrol boats fired warning shots as they intercepted the vessel, stoking tensions in one of the world’s busiest oil shipping lanes and spurring the United States to send military vessels to monitor the situation.