On 4 January 2021, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) seized a South Korean-flagged oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz. Reports indicate that IRGC commandos seized the ship – known as the MT Hankuk Chemi – and forced it to divert to the port of Bandar Abbas in Iran. Iranian authorities allege that the ship was involved in unspecified environmental violations. Reports indicate that the crew is composed of South Korean, Indonesian, Vietnamese and Burmese nationals.