Naval News – US Navy Seize 2,116 AK-47’s in the Gulf of Oman – 06.01.2023

On Tuesday 10 th January, 2023 the US Department of Defense confirmed that Vessels of the US Navy 5th Fleet operating in the Middle East have intercepted and seized a fishing vessel carrying over 2,000 AK-47 assault rifles destined for Houthi rebels in Yemen. The interception occurred in international waters in the Middle East on […]

Tanker News – Iran warns further tankers could be detained – 30.05.2022

Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has warned that other Greek tankers currently in the Persian Gulf could be detained as the dispute between the two nations continues about the fate of an Iranian oil cargo onboard a Russian-flagged tanker that was seized in Greece in April. Iranian forces detained two Greek owned tankers – the […]

Yachting – 78 m yacht TANGO seized in Spain – 04.04.2022

On Monday 4th April, 2022 the 78 metre yacht TANGO owned by the Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg was seized in Mallorca, Spain by the Spanish Authorities at the request of the United States. The seizure marks the first instance of the United States seizing an asset belonging to a sanctioned Russian oligarch since Russia’s invasion […]

Yachting – 65 m yacht LADY M seized in Italy – 04.03.2022

On Friday 4th March, 2022 the 65 metre yacht LADY M owned by  Alexei Mordashov, the richest man in Russia was detained at Imperia Port, Italy by the militarized Police Force Guardia Di Finanza. The move followed similar seizures in France and Germany belonging to other Russian oligarchs, as Western states implement massive sanctions, including […]

Yachting – 156 m mega yacht DILBAR seized – 02.03.2022

On Wednesday 2nd March, 2022 the German Government seized the 4th longest yacht in the world – DILBAR as part of a series of sanctions on Russian oligarchs during the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine owned by Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov. DILBAR is named after Usmanov’s mother. Below is the first DILBAR launched in 2005 as a 66 […]

Drug Bust – HMS MONTROSE F 236 seizes drugs – February 2020

The Type 23 Class Frigate HMS MONTROSE F 236 has bagged more than a tonne of cannabis on the infamous “Hash Highway” in the waters of the Middle East. Royal Marines Commandos with Royal Navy Officers boarding team recovered bales of hashish from the waters of the Gulf of Oman of which it was found […]

Iran Tensions – Second UK Warship HMS DUNCAN Arrives in Gulf

HMS Duncan has joined the frigate HMS Montrose to escort vessels sailing under the British flag through the Strait of Hormuz. HMS Montrose has so far accompanied 35 vessels through the strait, according to the Ministry of Defence (MoD). Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said the UK continued to push for a diplomatic resolution to the […]

Iran Tensions – Panama Confirms Tanker Seized by Iran Was Smuggling Oil – 21.07.2019

Panama’s Maritime Administration (AMP) condemned Sunday the use of Panamanian flagged (PAN) ships for illicit acts, confirming that the tanker RIAH seized by Iran was in fact smuggling oil. Last week the tanker RIAH, stopped transmitting its location on Saturday while sailing through the Strait of Hormuz. Her last known location was in Iranian waters. “We […]