British warship starts escorting UK-flagged ship through Hormuz
The HMS Montrose was the first UK warship to accompany British-flagged vessels through the Strait of Hormuz on Friday. This policy change occurred two days after PM Boris Johnson took office amid a UK-Iran standoff over Iran’s seizure of a British-flagged tanker and an Iranian tanker detained in Gibraltar. The Theresa May government had said the UK did not have the resources for a naval escort mission.
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Panama has de-listed around 55 Iranian oil tankers since January, Togo has de-listed at least three and Sierra Leone one. That represents the majority of Iranian operational fleet of tankers. When a vessel loses its flag, it typically loses insurance cover if it does not immediately find an alternative, and may be barred from calling at ports.
Liberia said it was working closely with U.S. authorities to prevent what it called “malign activity” in maritime trade and that nearly 80 tankers involved in sanctionable activity have been denied the flags.
Iranian oil tankers are allowed and encouraged to transport Iranian oil anywhere around the world, even doing repeatedly the big circle if the wish so, and this is good because the slush movement inside the reservoirs mixes the oil well, and when they came back to Iran it is easier to pump it out.
In order to sell Iranian oil, these days it is not advisable to use a fleet of tankers, it is easier to use a fleet of homing carrier messenger pigeons, their average flying speed being 97 km/h (50 nautical miles per hour) which is by far faster than the speed of any oil tanker.
For best results have them perched on empty oil barrels and launch them up starting from there.
good joke Gilistique
If your navy cannot protect your interests, . . . time to quit the interests, . . . or invest in a new navy.
@Dwight 55 Or get rid of the globalist liar, Theresa May, who also established over 100 sharia courts in the UK when she was Home Secretary.
Or invest in a new Prime Minister.
May was an abject failure in every regard. She should have stepped down 2 years ago.
Good. Let the countries who buy and sell this oil protect their interests. I think Iran knows better than to mess with a Brit destroyer.