Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Iran Seizes Cargo Ship? What was it doing so far from the beaten path?

Trying to figure out what's going on here?
Quoting from two articles:

IBT and  RT

-A cargo ship has been seized by Iranian naval forces and taken to the Persian Gulf port of Bandar Abbas, on the Strait of Hormuz, a tweet Tuesday from the Saudi Arabian-owned Al Arabiya news website

This whole narrative originates with Saudi Arabia.

- While it's not yet clear where the ship was intercepted, a live feed on ship tracking site MarineTraffic.com shows one ship with the Marshall Islands' flag, the Maersk Tigris, in the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas. The ship was on its way from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to the port of Jebel Ali in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the website reported. The Pentagon has confirmed that the ship seized by Iran is the Maersk Tigris. 

Clearly the ship was in Iranian territorial waters. The question is why?

-"The master was contacted and directed to proceed further into Iranian territorial waters. He declined and one of the IRGCN craft fired shots across the bridge of the Maersk Tigris," said Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren, referring to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy. "The master complied with the Iranian demand and proceeded into Iranian waters in the vicinity of Larak Island."

The ship was already in Iranian waters- the ship master was contacted and told to proceed further into the water, likely for inspection- The ship master declined and shots were fired across the bridge, at which point the master decided to comply- Why did this ship enter Iranian waters at all?

 -After the shots were fired the Tigris issued a distress call and the USS Farragut, a destroyer, was deployed to investigate. It's not yet clear what the destroyer may do when it reaches the area.



-While the ship does not belong to a company from the United States, the fact that it is registered in the Marshall Islands is politically important to the U.S. A little-known treaty between the two states makes the U.S. responsible for the Pacific island nation's defenses.

-"The government of the United States has full authority and responsibility for security and defense matters in or relating to the Republic of the Marshall Islands," states the Compact of Free Association signed in 2003 between the two.


Still wondering why the ship went off it's course?


RT has an image, that can't be placed here- which really makes one wonder how this ship got soooo of course.... Unless?

Testing the waters?
Provocation?
A way to boost oil prices?- Oil up after Iran seizes cargo ship; weak dollar supports

  
From earlier today, more important, the impending push back from the petro chemical corporations regarding their abominations known as GMO's

The "Science" of being anti- GMO? Scientism as Religion- Chemical Manipulation of Humanity!

13 comments:

  1. I hope they unload it and open all the containers.

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  2. The Marshall Islands...that's who Canada votes along with at the UN... when we're isolated from the rest of the world in support of the USIsrael. Obviously, this is a provocation in an attempt to derail the US/Iran Nuclear Agreement. Who is in charge of the US? Well...how this turns out might be some indicator. But it is a mystery nowadays.

    gc

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  3. A shipping web site said it never entered Iranian waters.
    But where is the demarcation?
    Does anybody see that line on any of the maps or do we need to compare the ship track with the nautical chart?

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  4. thanks for the comments all :)

    regarding Iranian waters or not?
    It seems by all reports the ship was in Iranian waters-
    even CNN acknowledges this in a round about fashion

    http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/28/politics/iran-seizes-commercial-ship-u-s-official-says-no-americans-on-board/

    with this same quote:

    '"The master was contacted and directed to proceed further into Iranian territorial waters"
    the boat had to already be in Iran's territorial waters in order to be directed to proceed further into them

    Then this sentence further down in the article

    "Even though the Strait of Hormuz is in Iranian territorial waters, "innocent passage" is applied -- ships are authorized to pass through the body of water assuming they abide by all the rules of the sea -- because it is an internationally recognized shipping lane

    so while this may be an internationally recognized shipping lane- it is NOT international waters and is in FACT Iranian territorial waters
    leave it to the msm to play fast and lose with words and truth

    It would seem quite likely that the ship did something abnormal or suspicious.. hence the contact, and the warning shots

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  5. Hey Penny, I know this is off topic for this post but did you already see this?

    http://www.international.gc.ca/media/aff/news-communiques/2015/01/18b-3.aspx?lang=eng&_ga=1.100408923.417187176.1422711894

    Buffy

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    1. Hey Buffy
      hadn't seen it
      totally disgusted, but, not surprised seeing the Canadian signatory
      I wonder how compromised he is? What did the Israeli's have on him?
      One can only imagine

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  6. "The M/V Maersk Tigris was seized at the request of Iran's Ports and Maritime Organization, Iran's semi-official news agency FARS is reporting, citing informed sources. The Marshall Islands-flagged vessel was seized after a relevant court order was issued, according to the source, indicating that the IPMO had monetary differences with the ship owner. "

    From

    http://www.ksl.com/?sid=34423783&nid=1323&title=iran-seizes-commercial-ship-us-forces-respond

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  7. Penny,
    sorry haven't gotten back Seems I'm always short on time or reading, reading, and reading some more.

    Anyhow.. this is off topic mostly, but does have implications to Iran
    We saw this coming

    Kurds + Sunni need their own country

    as always, will try to get back. Wanted to talk about Technocracy.. have done much reading on this / him and what I've found.

    hopefully soon
    Karin

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    1. Not a problem karin
      what you are referring too has been a long planned splitting up of Syria
      with the kurds and the 'sunnis' aka the kurds also having their own country
      how else to keep the fighting going to Israels benefit?

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  8. Iranian naval asset turned around about the same time as the vessel..which doesn't appear to be on the Maersk site under fleet or location map..was tracking around the gulf. Was Iran tracking the ship? Worried something was loaded on it? Recalls the other Maersk tanker where two former seals slash contractors where found dead in the Seychelles last year. The same dead as the us mercs training the saudi national guard who just got marching orders to Yemen. In view of today's moves in the kingdom does Abdullah son have a long tenure left at the guard helm? Or is saudi taking to heart the Iran warning that Yemen was a trap. Was the recalling of the us ambassador a proxy for Bandar treatment? The lebanese media is in full scale propoganda mode with repect to assad losses and the "beginning of the end." for the regime.

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    1. And curiously the saudi bombing stopped when china called perhaps to offer a standing bid for their crude as the Wsj headlined today. The Saudis also were on the wires thanking the Russians for their mediation efforts as the bombing campaign abruptly ended.

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    2. aha, I was thinking there was a ring of familiarity to this news
      and yes, I did notice the shake up in the Saudi kingdom
      I wondered what that was all about- the timing of it with what is going on in Yemen, seemed curious
      Is Yemen a trap for Saudi Arabia? I think it is
      In the same way that Syria is shaping up to be a trap for Turkey
      As I have written about here on any number of ocassions

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