Iran captures cargo ship carrying 34 sailors for ‘trespassing’ in Gulf

Iranian patrol vessels fired warning shots across the bridge of a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo vessel Tuesday morning and seized it for trespassing in territorial waters.

Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television station reported earlier the vessel was US-flagged, but it has since emerged that the cargo ship is registered in the Pacific island nation and had no Americans aboard.

The semi-official Iranian news agency Fars also reported that Iran has taken control of the MV Maersk Tigris for ‘trespassing’ on its territorial waters…

Update: The US has dispatched vessels to the scene.

  • Hard Little Machine

    What Iran did is, I believe the legal term, piracy.

    • winniec

      The Danes at Maersk headquarters may not want to sue Iran, but they should do so.

  • Maggat

    And…pirates are hanged.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    “Peace Partners” again.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    The mullahs are pushing their luck with Obama. Even he knows that doing nothing is asking for trouble in Washington.

    • Surele Surele

      They know perfectly how fat they can go… and they take it all the way.

    • Clausewitz

      Obama will do nothing against his Muslim brethren. He’s too busy telling us we are on our high horses, or we’ve acted stupidly.

  • canminuteman

    The Iranians are very lucky that Ronald Reagan isn’t president anymore. This is an act of war.

  • The Iranian regime is one of the strongest Obama’s Muslim allies

  • Clausewitz

    In the past War’s have started for less.

    • tom_billesley

      The War of Jenkins’ Ear

  • tom_billesley
    The ship is managed and crewed by Rickmers Ship Management, based in Hamburg, Germany, which said communication with the ship had been established in the last few hours.
    A spokesman for Rickmers said the ship is very close to the Iranian coast and confirmed that a British man was on board.
    He said the ship is carrying “general cargo” and the other crew members are mainly eastern European and Asian.