Danish Maersk cargo vessel detained in Iranian waters

Original content created by Lina Abisoghomyan
  Photo credit: BBC

Photo credit: BBC

A map of the location of the Maersk cargo vessel at the time that it was detained by the Iranian Port Authority

The Players: 

Iran- Iran has become increasingly alienated from the Western world, and so it has become increasingly on edge. Valuing its sovereignty more than ever, Iran is willing to take a strong stance to enforce its borders on land and on sea. 

United States- The US, an ally of Denmark, and one that uses soft power as a reinforcement of its hegemonic goal to spread Western democracy around the world has been monitoring the situation from Navy vessels in the area.

Denmark-  a strong US ally across the board, from defense and security to economic, energy, and environmental cooperation Denmark has been steadily and quietly taking its place next to the US.

  Photo credit: EU Observer

Photo credit: EU Observer

Former Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Former US President George Bush in 2006 making public a very ambitious free-trade agreement between their countries. 

The Background:

Very ironically, the start of Danish-Iranian relations came in 1691 when a then-Persian diplomatic mission was sent to Denmark to facilitate a deal for the release of Iranian property on a Bengali cargo ship seized by Denmark. This April 2015, history seems to have a way of repeating itself after a Maersk cargo vessel was detained by the Iranian Port Authority. The dispute marks continued unrest between Iran and the West on multiple fronts, including the US-Iranian continuing talks on the nuclear program, and the Saudi-led US-backed airstrike coalition in Yemen. 

  Photo Credit: WN

Photo Credit: WN

 

Cargo from the Maersk ship

 

The Story:

During the week of April 27th, the Iranian Port Authority confiscated a cargo ship belonging to Danish cargo company Maersk on the grounds that the ship had crossed the border between international waters and Iranian waters. The incident has caused escalation on both ends- the US now allows any ship traveling with a US flag to be escorted by Navy vessels, and Iranian authorities escorted the cargo ship to an Iranian main navy port.