Iran Seizes Oil Tanker Involved in U.S.-Iran Dispute in Gulf of Oman

January 11, 2024


Jana Choukeir, Ahmed Elimam, and Robert Harvey



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  • Greece
  • Iraq
  • Turkey

Iran seized an oil tanker carrying Iraqi crude and destined for Turkey. The Marshall Islands-flagged vessel, named St Nikolas and owned by the Greek company Empire Navigation, was boarded by Iranian forces in the Gulf of Oman. The tanker is the same vessel that the United States seized in a sanctions enforcement operation in 2023, when it was transporting Iranian oil. At that time the ship was named Suez Rajan.