Strait of Hormuz News

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 …

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 …

Oil Tankers Steer Clear of Middle East Refueling Hub As Attacks, Insurance Costs Rise

Oil tanker owners are avoiding sending their ships to the Middle East’s main refueling hub after a spate of attacks on vessels in the past two months ratcheted up tensions and highlighted the growing risks of operating in the region. …

Iran Flexes Military Muscle in Persian Gulf, Amid Rising Tensions

With tensions over its roles in Yemen, Iraq and Syria already high, Iran is flexing its military muscle in the Persian Gulf. For the third time in as many weeks, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps patrol boats have fired at or …

Iranian Boats Fired Shots Across Bow of Singapore-Flagged Ship in Persian Gulf

Four Iranian patrol boats fired warning shots across the bow of a Singapore-flagged merchant ship in the Persian Gulf on Thursday before it escaped into the territorial waters of the United Arab Emirates, according to the U.A.E.’s coast guard. “The …