A British government agency warned, on Tuesday evening, of a “possible hijacking” of a ship off the coast of the United Arab Emirates in the Gulf of Oman. in a message from Maritime trade operations in the United Kingdom (UKMTO), freight traffic is required to be particularly vigilant. UKMTO does not provide details of the boats involved.
The Gulf of Oman connects the Arabian Sea with the Strait of Hormuz and forms an important navigation route, along which huge quantities of petroleum are transported.
Initially, the UKMTO, part of the British Navy, warned the ships of the hijacking, only to speak hours later of a “possible hijacking”.
“Not under command”
Earlier today, four oil tankers reported being “out of control,” which usually means the vessel can no longer be steered. The Associated Press reported that one of those ships moved again at a later time.
This new incident comes less than a week after an oil tanker, Mercer Street, was attacked by a drone off the coast of Oman, killing two people. The US, UK and Israel have identified Iran as the culprit, but Tehran denied.
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