Iran’s Revolutionary Guards stated on Saturday they’d seized a international ship in Gulf waters loaded with what they described as smuggled diesel.
Guards commander Ahmad Hajian stated the ship’s 11 crew had been detained, however didn’t give particulars on their nationality or establish the ship.
“After inspection, more than 150,000 litres of smuggled diesel were discovered,” Iran’s state broadcaster quoted Hajian as saying.
The semi-official Fars information company, which is near the Revolutionary Guards, launched video footage exhibiting speed-boats intercepting a vessel and masked armed Guards boarding it.
Iran, which has among the world’s least expensive gasoline costs because of heavy subsidies and the autumn of its nationwide foreign money because it faces U.S. sanctions, has been preventing gasoline smuggling by land to neighbouring international locations and by sea to Gulf Arab states.
It has regularly seized boats it says are getting used for smuggling gasoline within the Gulf.
Hajian stated his unit would “deal decisively” with gasoline smuggling within the sea to guard Iran’s financial system.
Earlier, the official IRNA information company launched a photograph of what it stated was a “foreign vessel carrying bootleg fuel” seized within the Gulf.