Iranian military forces may have seized a Liberian-flagged products tanker near the Strait of Hormuz, security sources report.

Dryad Global said the 8,055-dwt Wila (built 1997) was roughly 46km (25 nautical miles) northwest of the UAE's Khor Fakkan anchorage, when Iranian naval forces boarded, and possibly detained, the ship.

"Further reporting indicated that Iranian naval assets may have used aviation assets to board the vessel," Dryad said.

"The current status of the vessel remains unclear with a significant possibility that the vessel may have been detained."