Tensions rise as Iran navy fires shots in international waters at Singapore-flagged oil products tanker, Alpine Eternity, in the latest bid to settle a legal dispute with passing commercial vessels.
Iranian Revolutionary Guard forces fired at the commercial ship on Thursday 14 May before vessels from the UAE came to its aid.
Speaking to Reuters under the condition of anonymity, US officials attributed Iran’s attempted interception of the tanker to Tehran’s stance that the vessel is liable for damages to an Iranian-owned oil platform, which was hit on 22 March.
The Alpine Eternity, listed as part of the Transpetrol fleet, then sailed to the safety of United Arab Emirates’ waters. A spokesman for Transpetrol said the vessel, which had been on its way to the UAE port of Fujairah, reached the port of Jebel Ali safely and with no injuries to crewmembers.