A British Royal Navy patrol vessel guards the oil supertanker Grace 1, that's on suspicion of carrying Iranian crude oil to Syria, as it sits anchored in waters of the British overseas territory of Gibraltar, July 4, 2019. REUTERS/Jon Nazca
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Shipping companies are hiring unarmed security guards for voyages through the Gulf as an extra safeguard after a wave of attacks in the region, security companies involved said.Britain also said last week that one of its warships had to fend off Iranian vessels seeking to block a U.K.-owned tanker from passing through the Strait of Hormuz.British maritime security company Ambrey typically has 600 guards on ships sailing through the Red Sea and Indian Ocean, who are primarily armed, the firm's operations director Gavin Lock said.In the past three weeks, however, an additional 80 to 120 unarmed advisers have been deployed on ships transiting through the Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz.
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