Iran Seizes Portuguese Merchant Ship Near Strait Of Hormuz

This video, taken by a crew member of the MSC Aries, shows Iranian military personnel fast-roping from a helicopter in order to seize the ship on 13 April, 2024.


Amid the skyrocketing tensions between Iran and Israel, the MSC Aries was raided by Iranian forces in response to Israel's recent attack on the Iranian consulate. The ship was seized on the grounds that it is titled under Gortal Shipping, which is partially owned by Israeli businessman Eyal Offer. Despite this, the ship is registered out of Portugal, and crewed by 20 Filipinos.


The helicopter shown appears to be an Mi-17 (NATO Identifier: HIP), of which Iran is one of many users.


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This video, taken by a crew member of the MSC Aries, shows Iranian military personnel fast-roping from a helicopter in order to seize the ship on 13 April, 2024.


Amid the skyrocketing tensions between Iran and Israel, the MSC Aries was raided by Iranian forces in response to Israel's recent attack on the Iranian consulate. The ship was seized on the grounds that it is titled under Gortal Shipping, which is partially owned by Israeli businessman Eyal Offer. Despite this, the ship is registered out of Portugal, and crewed by 20 Filipinos.


The helicopter shown appears to be an Mi-17 (NATO Identifier: HIP), of which Iran is one of many users.


About the Author

Author's Photo

Cole Simms

Cole Simms is an Air Guardsman, NASA enthusiast, police officer, and security contractor with particular experience in austere environments. Outside of work, he volunteers as a Stop The Bleed instructor for area schools. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and blends his knowledge and experience to write analysis for Funker530.


Need a tried-and-tested fixed blade that's trusted by police, military and protective service users all over the world? Cole recommends Ironside Edge Works for your tactical or EDC blade needs.

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