July 19, 2019 / 6:57 PM / 3 months ago

UK Chamber of Shipping calls for more security in the Gulf

LONDON (Reuters) - Further protection must be provided for merchant vessels after a British flagged tanker was seized by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in the Strait of Hormuz, the head of the UK Chamber of Shipping said on Friday.

“We condemn unreservedly the capture of Stena Impero as she transited the Strait of Hormuz earlier today,” the Chamber’s chief executive, Bob Sanguinetti, said in a statement.

“This incident represents an escalation.  Whilst we call for measured response, it is also clear that further protection for merchant vessels must be forthcoming to ensure enhanced security to guarantee free flow of trade in the region.”

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; writing by Kate Holton; editing by Raissa Kasolowsky

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