Britain We advise our ships to temporarily avoid the Strait of Hormuz after Iran has seized a British flag carrier, according to Al-Arabiya.
“We remain deeply concerned about Iran’s unacceptable moves, which are a clear challenge to the international navigation,” a spokeswoman for the British government said in a statement issued after a night meeting of the British government’s emergency committee to discuss the crisis.
“We advised British ships to stay out of the area temporarily,” the spokeswoman continued, adding that additional meetings would be held over the weekend and “we will keep in close contact with our international partners”.
The British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Jeremy Hunt said on Saturday that he feared Iran had taken a “dangerous route” after seizing the oil tanker, Stena Impero.
“Yesterday’s move in the Gulf sends worrying signals that Iran may choose a dangerous route from illegal and destabilizing behavior after the illegitimate detention of oil destined for Syria in Gibraltar,” Hunt twitted.
Hunt continued, “As I said yesterday, our response will be thoughtful but strong,” adding: “We are trying to find a way to resolve the issue of the tanker GRACE 1, but we will ensure the safety of our shipment”.
The Iranian Fars news agency quoted an official as saying on Saturday that the British carrier Stena Impero hit an Iranian fishing boat and ignored the call for distress the boat launched.
The agency also quoted the official as saying that the 23 crew members of the oil tanker are currently in the port of Bandar Abbas and would remain on board until the end of an investigation.
Britain announced on Friday that Iran had detained the oil tankers Masdar and Stena Impero, after the two vessels changed their direction and moved towards the Iranian coast.
Norbulk, a British navy shipping company said on Friday night that the Revolutionary Guard had released its ship, “Masdar”, after its elements seized it for some time while sailing in the Strait of Hormuz.