August 8, 2019 / 7:50 AM / 10 days ago

U.S. tells commercial vessels to send Gulf transit plans in advance

DUBAI, Aug 8 (Reuters) - U.S.-flagged commercial vessels should send their transit plans for the Strait of Hormuz and Gulf waters to United States and British naval authorities, the U.S. Maritime Administration said in an advisory on Iran threats.

“Heightened military activity and increased political tensions in this region continue to pose serious threats to commercial vessels,” said the advisory issued on Wednesday.

Vessels should also alert the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet and the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations in the event of any incident or suspicious activity, the advisory said, adding that crews should not forcibly resist any Iranian boarding party. (Reporting by Sylvia Westall; Editing by Ghaida Ghantous)

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