DUBAI (REUTERS) – Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards have seized a foreign vessel in the Gulf for smuggling 200,000 litres of fuel, a senior Guards commander advised the semi-official Fars information company on Sunday (April 24).
“The ship was seized in the northern part of the Persian Gulf. Its eight crew have been handed over to legal authorities in the southern port city of Bushehr,” Mr Gholamhossein Hosseini advised Fars, with out elaborating on the nationalities of the crew members.
Iran, which has a few of the world’s most cost-effective fuel costs resulting from heavy subsidies and the plunge in worth of its nationwide foreign money, has been combating rampant fuel smuggling by land to neighbouring nations and by sea to Gulf Arab states.
The Guards have detained a number of ships in the previous weeks for smuggling fuel in the Gulf.