Sat. Sep 23rd, 2023
    Washington Expands U.S.-Flagged Tanker Fleet to Secure Strait of Hormuz

    Washington is taking steps to expand the U.S.-flagged commercial tanker fleet in order to secure the Strait of Hormuz. The U.S. Department of Defense plans to add an additional 10 vessels to the Tanker Security Program in 2024, bringing the total number of chartered vessels to 19. The goal is to transport oil for the U.S. military and deter potential threats from Iran in the Strait of Hormuz.

    The Strait of Hormuz is a critical choke point for oil shipping between the Arabian Sea and the Persian Gulf. In recent months, there have been incidents of attempted hijackings and seizures of commercial tankers by the Iranian navy. The U.S. military has intervened to prevent these actions and ensure the security of the shipping lanes.

    The expansion of the U.S.-flagged tanker fleet follows the deployment of Navy and Marine forces in the Middle East to support efforts to secure the Strait of Hormuz. The U.S. government is concerned about potential economic disruption if tankers are diverted from domestic trade. The Defense Ministry has conducted a study highlighting the risks and the need for increased security measures.

    With nearly one-fifth of the world’s oil passing through the Strait of Hormuz, it is crucial for the U.S. to protect the flow of oil and maintain regional stability. The presence of Navy and Marine personnel on tankers could act as a deterrent and ensure the safe passage of oil shipments. The expansion of the U.S.-flagged tanker fleet demonstrates Washington’s commitment to securing vital energy supply routes in the Middle East.

    – Reuters: Washington May Put Military Personnel On Tankers In Strait Of Hormuz
    – Defense Ministry study conducted by the U.S. Department of Defense