DUBAI: Iranian authorities seized a international ship trying to smuggle gasoline in another country and detained its crew, state information company IRNA stated on Wednesday.
Iran, which has a few of the world’s least expensive gasoline costs as a consequence of heavy subsidies and the plunge in worth of its nationwide forex, has been combating rampant gasoline smuggling by land to neighboring international locations and by sea to Gulf Arab states.
The ship, carrying greater than 550,000 liters of smuggled gasoline, was seized in Gulf waters and escorted to harbor within the southern province of Hormozgan, the place it was handed to judicial authorities for investigation, the company added.
“We had been in a position to establish and detain a ship carrying smuggled gasoline supposed to move large-scale smuggled gasoline shipments east of Maru Island,” chief of provincial border guards Hossein Dehaki stated.
A number of ships in current months have been detained for smuggling gasoline within the Gulf by Iranian authorities.