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    IMSC Statement on the Incident with Motor Tanker Wila

    IMSC Statement on the incident with Motor Tanker Wila

    Photo By NAVCENT Public Affairs | 200812-N-N0146-006 ARABIAN GULF (August 12, 2020) ā€“ Motor Tanker (M/T) Wila, a...... read more read more

    Coalition Task Force (CTF) Sentinel, the operational arm of the International Maritime Security Construct (IMSC) monitored an incident involving Iranian forces who boarded a tanker in the international waters of the Gulf of Oman near the Strait of Hormuz, Aug 12.

    A video captured the moment an Iranian Sea King helicopter hovered above M/T Wila and armed Iranian personnel fast roped aboard the ship. Initial reports indicate two Iranian ships in the vicinity of the incident.

    Iran's use of its military forces to conduct an armed boarding of a commercial vessel in international waters constitutes a blatant violation of international law that undermines freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce. We call on Iran to articulate to the international community the legal basis for its actions. This type of reckless, aggressive behavior by Iran destabilizes the region and threatens the rules based international order.

    A CTF Sentinel coalition ship was providing overwatch in the immediate area and monitored the incident. There were no calls for help issued by Wila. CTF Sentinelā€™s mission is to deter and expose malign activity and reassure the maritime community in the region.

    CTF Sentinel is working to secure the regional maritime commons and recommends Best Management Practices 5 (BMP5) as a guide for enhanced maritime security.

    https://on-shore.mschoa.org/reference-documents/bmp5/?id=4681

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    Date Taken: 08.13.2020
    Date Posted: 08.13.2020 10:57
    Story ID: 375890
    Location: BH

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