The eight-member European security mission to the Strait of Hormuz criss-crossed the waterway more than 20 times in March and April in its effort to ensure freedom of navigation in the region.

European-led Maritime Awareness in the Strait of Hormuz, or EMASOH, disclosed the figure this week and noted it monitored the detention of the 22,400-dwt tanker SC Taipei (built 2000) on the 14 April.

"For the coming months, EMASOH assets will continue to navigate the area, sail the [Middle East] Gulf and cross the Strait of Hormuz," the group said.