Could anti-piracy measures have prevented the seizure of the Stena Impero by Iran on Friday?

The 50,000-dwt tanker (built 2018) with its 23 crew is anchored at Bandar Abbas after Iran succeeded in arresting a UK-flagged ship in retaliation for Gibraltar seizing the Grace 1.

Stephen Askins, a partner at UK law firm Tatham & Co, said: "As an industry scarred by Somali piracy, we should surely have been more alive to the severe limitations in naval warships protecting all vessels 24/7.