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UK flagged oil/chemical tanker STENA IMPERO doing something interesting at the moment. It's port is the opposite way of where it's heading, and it's heading directly for the #Iran|ian island of Qeshm.. 🤔
The track of this ship is incredibly concerning, if it continues on it's track towards Iran, which it's only 9.5 nautical miles from..
Here's an image by Relic in Crustacean Nation - this track is the rather concerning part.
Stena Impero is owned by Stena Bulk XIII Cyprus Ltd, a Swedish company.
17 minutes since Stena Impero has updated it's location, last known location had it 9.5 nautical miles from #Qeshm, #Iran
Original port for Stena Impero is Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia
I'm fairly confident this boat was taken, will wait for more pointers but as of right now it's looking not so great for Stena Impero.
Also, just because the ship is flagged with the UK flag, that doesn't mean the crew on board is British.
Now 25 minutes since the ship has last updated it's position.
It appears this is the company that is the operator of STENA IMPERO
The United Kingdom Ministry of Defense recognizing the incident might mean that the crew is British, just theorizing that though.
35 minutes since the ship has updated it's location.
British Ministry of Defense stating that the ship is "of course" meaning that it's heading in it's original path, but it simply just isn't. It was originally heading in the proper direction, turned, and then turned back and headed for Iran.
Video of the tracking that the ship went through up until the point it stopped updated it's location.
Nearly 1 hour since the ship has updated it's location.
1 hour 2 minutes since the ship has updated it's location, I'd assume if it was heading to an #Iran|ian port, or dock, or the island in general it's docked by now.
No updates as of now.
A #UK government spokesperson states they're urgently seeking further information and assessing the situation "following reports of an incident in the Gulf" H/T Kalen A Barlow
#UK media labeling this as a "UK commercial tanker", not sure if they're seeing that it's British flagged and thinking that means it's a British ship.

If any media personnel is reading this, the ship is British flagged, that doesn't mean it's a British ship, it's --
ran by a Swedish company, operated by a Scottish company.
Initial reports that a COBR meeting is taking place w/ #British government.

#Iran seized the ship for "non-observance of the international maritime law and regulations" according to Iranian media // @hdevreij
#IRGC utilized helicopters in addition to speed boats to seize the ship.
Brent crude oil has gone up quite a lot since the news came out.
#British government urgently working to determine the nationality of the crew on board - according to @IntelCrab there are 23 on board the ship, all unaccounted for an off the grid.
Northern Maine (operator of the boat) confirms that "hostile action" preceded the change of course that we'd spotted
Here's a look at CNN currently.
1 hour 45 minutes since Stena Impero has updated it's location.
#BBC talking about the incident now.…
Sky News talking about it now.
.@haynesdeborah calling this "an incredibly, incredibly serious situation"
The boat has been taken to a coastal area, and has been handed over to maritime authorities to take legal steps (Iran state TV) // @SkyNews
COBRA meeting has officially been called, for officials only, not ministers.

Image is an archive image of a COBR room.
Official statement from the company operating the ship.
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