A senior Revolutionary Guards commander informed the semi-official Fars news agency on Sunday that Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards had arrested a foreign vessel in the Gulf for allegedly smuggling 200,000 liters of fuel.
“[The ship’s] eight crew members have been handed over to legal authorities in the southern port city of Bushehr,” Gholamhossein Hosseini told Fars, without specifying the crew members’ nationalities.
He added that the ship was seized in the northern part of the Gulf.
Iran, which has some of the world’s cheapest fuel prices due to heavy subsidies and the plunge in value of its national currency, has been fighting rampant fuel smuggling by land to neighboring countries and by sea to Gulf Arab states.
The Guards have detained several ships in the past weeks for smuggling fuel in the Gulf.