At about 0800 UTC, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) fired warning shots and took control of the Maersk Tigris, a Marshall-Island-flagged cargo ship bound for Jebel Ali in the United Arab Emirates. After taking control of the 255-meter vessel and its 30+ personnel, the Iranians diverted its course out of the Strait of Hormuz and farther into Iranian waters. Contrary to early reports, there are no Americans believed to be aboard the ship.

Reports indicate the ship captain initially avoided the commands of the Iranian intercept vessels to steer farther into Iranian waters, as the Maersk Tigris was operating within the recognized international shipping lanes. The IRGCN vessels then fired warning shots near the bridge, prompting the captain to comply. The captain was able to transmit a distress call during the incident.

At last GPS contact (~1500EST), the ship appears to be anchored about 15 km south of the Iranian port at Bandar Abbas.

Maersk Tigris