Shots fired at tanker by Iran were ‘part of a legal dispute’

Shots fired at tanker by Iran were ‘part of a legal dispute’

Athens: Iranian patrol boats today fired shots at a tanker in the Straits of Hormuz to intercept the ship, against which the country says it has a legal claim.

Iran says the MR product tanker Alpine Eternity (46,105 dwt, built 2009) hit an Iranian-owned oil platform on March 22 and is liable to pay damages, Reuters reports.

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Naval patrol boats today fired what seemed to be warning shots over the vessel, which fled to United Arab Emirates waters.The ship is now anchored off Jebel Ali port in Dubai, according to AIS data.

The Singapore-flagged tanker is the third ship to be fired on by Iranian vessels in the past month.

Splash has contacted Alpine Eternity‘s manager TransPetrol Maritime and its P&I club, but neither party was immediately available for comment.

 

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Holly Birkett

Holly is Splash's Online Editor and correspondent for the UK and Mediterranean. She has been a maritime journalist since 2010, and has written for and edited several trade publications. She is currently studying for membership of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. In 2013, Holly won the Seahorse Club's Social Media Journalist of the Year award. She is currently based in London.

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