Iran tows away UAE-owned tanker

Iran has said its forces have assisted a disabled foreign oil tanker found in its waters after a UAE-owned fueling tanker traveling through the Straits of Hormuz was reported missing on Wednesday.

Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said that the country’s navy “offered help to a foreign tanker with technical failure” after it was found in Iran’s territorial waters. “Based on international regulations, after receiving their request for help, Iranian forces went to the site and the foreign tanker was towed by an emergency towing vessel toward Iranian waters for repairing process,” Mousavi was quoted as saying.

Though he did not specify the name of the tanker, the flag it was flying under or its ownership, ship tracking service, TankerTrackers said that the tanker Riah, used for fueling other vessels was owned by Prime Tankers of the United Arab Emirates. The tanker, which was flying the Panamanian flag, was last reported to be off Qeshm Island in the Straits of Hormuz and was believed to have crossed over into Iranian waters on 14 July after it began to slow down.