Tanker Ships on May 15 Position Route Countries Visited Most tankers that left the Persian Gulf from May 15 to June 15 were headed to ports in Asia. Source: MarineTraffic Twenty percent of the global oil supply flows through the Strait of Hormuz , a narrow stretch of water that separates Persian Gulf countries like Iran, Iraq and Kuwait from the rest of the world. From May 15 to June 15, more than 1,000 tanker ships traveled the strait. Many were destined for places as far away as China and South Korea. The gulf region has been rocked by instability in recent months, threatening the flow of oil through the strait. Six tankers have been attacked since May amid escalating tensions between Iran and the United States. In the past year, the United States has imposed new sanctions on Iran meant to cripple the country over its nuclear program. […]