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Marine Insurers Set to Raise Rates After Red Sea Attacks on Merchant Ships

LONDON – Insurers are set to raise the cost of providing cover for merchant ships through the Red Sea after a series of incidents that have hit vessels around Saudi Arabian waters, industry sources said. The possibility of more attacks …

Marsh Sees Hike in Demand for Political Violence Insurance in Gulf After Tanker Attacks

Marsh, one of the world’s largest insurance brokers and risk advisers, has seen a spike in clients’ inquiries for political violence cover in the Gulf after attacks on tankers and oil installations rattled the region last year, an executive said. …

Iranian Oil Tanker Struck, Probably by Missiles: Iran Media

An Iranian-owned oil tanker was struck, probably by missiles, in the Red Sea off Saudi Arabia’s coast on Friday, Iranian media said, an incident that if confirmed will stoke tension in a region rattled by attacks on tankers and oil …

Frontline Expects Oil Tanker’s Return to Service in Q4, After June Gulf Attack

An oil tanker that was set ablaze by a blast near the Strait of Hormuz in June will be back in service in the fourth quarter after repairs, vessel owner Frontline said on Tuesday. Images of the product tanker Front …

While Ships in Persian Gulf Turn Off Transponders to Avoid Seizure, Collision Risks Rise

Following weeks of mounting tensions in the Persian Gulf where vessels have been attacked and an oil tanker has been seized, recent news reports reveal that shipowners are trying minimize risk – by turning off their transponders and changing their …

Oil Tankers Cut Navigation Risks in Strait of Hormuz by Vanishing from Tracking Systems

Oil tanker owners are finding a way to reduce the risks of navigating the Strait of Hormuz, the world’s most important — and lately most dangerous — energy chokepoint: vanish from global tracking systems. Copying from Iran’s own playbook, at …

Shipping Firms Begin Hiring Unarmed Guards for Voyages in Middle East Gulf

Shipping companies are hiring unarmed security guards for voyages through the Middle East Gulf as an extra safeguard after a wave of attacks in the region, security companies involved said. Relations between Iran and the West are increasingly strained after …

Panama to Withdraw Flags from More Vessels that Violate Iran Sanctions: Reuters

Panama will withdraw its flag from more vessels that violate sanctions and international legislation, the country’s maritime authority told Reuters, following the removal of about 60 ships linked to Iran and Syria from the Panamanian registry in recent months. After …

UK Navy Stops Iran from Blocking BP Oil Tanker Leaving Persian Gulf

The British navy intervened to stop Iran from blocking a commercial oil tanker leaving the Persian Gulf, heightening friction just as European nations scramble to salvage a landmark nuclear accord with the Islamic Republic. The BP Plc-operated British Heritage, which …

Insurance for Middle East Oil Shipments Soars to More Than $500,000

The cost of insuring Middle East oil shipments is soaring as tensions mount in a region responsible for about a third of all seaborne petroleum. So-called war risk premiums for a standard oil cargo from the Persian Gulf and the …