Singapore on Monday condemned Iranian forces for firing warning shots in the Gulf at a commercial ship registered in the Asian city-state, calling it a “serious violation of international law”.
The Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) also urged Tehran to investigate Thursday’s incident involving the Singapore-flagged Alpine Eternity which it said was in international waters.
“With regard to the reported shooting incident on 14 May 2015, involving a Singapore-registered tanker ‘Alpine Eternity’ that took place in international waters, Singapore is deeply concerned with such actions,” the MPA said in a statement.
“Such interference with navigational rights is a serious violation of international law,” it said.
“The freedom of navigation and free flow of commerce are of critical importance to Singapore and other maritime and trading nations,” it added.
The MPA said it had “requested the Iranian maritime authorities to investigate the incident and prevent future recurrences”.
In the incident, Iranian Revolutionary Guard forces fired warning shots across the bow of the Singaporeflagged tanker before vessels from the United Arab Emirates came to the ship’s aid, according to US officials.