The outgoing commander of the European surveillance mission in the Strait of Hormuz says the shipping industry will still be able to rely on the force should tensions flare in the Middle East Gulf.

Captain Christophe Cluzel told TradeWinds that the eight-member European Maritime Awareness in the Strait of Hormuz (EMASOH), deployed last February, has been authorised to continue patrolling the region for another year.

“The security situation in the area remains volatile,” he said.