Alleged audio of Iran calling on UK tanker to alter course before seizure released

Sputnik – The seizure of the British-flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz by Iranian forces took place after UK marines detained an Iranian supertanker off Gibraltar.

A brief fragment of what appears to be radio transmissions sent by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and the British frigate HMS Montrose to the Stena Impero, a British-flagged oil tanker that was recently impounded by Iran, was recently released to the public by a UK-based company called Dryad Global.

The audio clip apparently starts with one of the Revolutionary Guards advising the tanker crew that they will be safe as long as they obey the instructions they’re given, and then proceeds to tell the vessel to alter its course “to three-six-zero degrees immediately”.

​The audio then cuts to a message from HMS Montrose, which identifies itself as “British warship Foxtrot 236”.

“I reiterate, that as you are conducting transit passage in a recognised international strait, under international law your passage must not be impaired, impeded, obstructed or hampered. Please confirm you are conducting transit passage in a recognised international strait”, the message said.

The British-registered tanker Stena Impero was seized by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps as the vessel was navigating the Strait of Hormuz

This development took place after the UK Royal Marines detained an Iranian supertanker off Gibraltar on 4 July on suspicion that it was carrying oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions.