Saudi Arabia and Bahrain ban Iranian vessels

Saudi Arabia and Bahrain have banned ships with the Iranian flag from calling in the countries' ports, and in certain cases vessels with other flags have been banned as well if they have previously called at an Iranian port.

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Saudi Arabia and Bahrain have barred vessels sailing with the Iranian flag from sailing in the two desert nations' territorial waters as well as berthing as their ports, according to Reuters, based on statements from local players to a several insurance companies.

The Norwegian insurance company, Gard, is among those which have received statements from local agents and correspondents that Saudi Arabia and Bahrain will not allow Iranian-flagged ships to berth at their ports. In addition, it is said that Bahrain has banned a vessel, which had previously called at a port in Iran as one of its last three calls.

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