Crew of Iranian-seized ship safe

Danish shipping company Maersk has said that the crew are “in good spirits” after one of its cargo ships was seized by Iranian forces.

The Pentagon has reported that the commercial Maersk Tigris ship was forced into Iranian waters after taking a course through the Gulf when shots were fired from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN). The ship was then seized after sending a distress call.

According to Rickmers Shipmanagement, the company that chartered the ship, there were 24 men aboard. It is currently working closely with Maersk to discover why the seizure took place.

In a close dialogue
“Our paramount concern is the safety and well-being of the crew,” noted Maersk in a statement.

“We are working in close dialogue with Rickmers Shipmanagement to obtain information about the seizure and explore options to help resolve this situation.”

High tension in the region
The incident comes at a time of heightened tensions in the Gulf.

Just five days ago, Iranian cargo ships and naval vessels were suspected of carrying weapons for Houthi rebels in Yemen. They turned away from a confrontation with Saudi and US ships that had threatened to board them.