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MSCI Alert

2020-005-Persian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz, Gulf of Oman, Arabian Sea, Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, and Indian Ocean-Threat to Commercial Vessels from Iran and its Proxies


The International Maritime Security Construct (IMSC) monitored the boarding of the Liberian flagged
M/T WILA by Iranian forces in international waters in the Gulf of Oman near the Strait of Hormuz on
August 12, 2020. Although the vessel and crew have been released, further Iranian actions against
petroleum tankers cannot be discounted. U.S. commercial vessels operating in this area should review
U.S. Maritime Advisory 2020-011 for amplifying information and points of contact. Any maritime
industry questions regarding this alert should be directed to This Alert will
automatically expire on August 20, 2020. For more information about U.S. Maritime Alerts and
Advisories, including subscription details, please visit