London, United Kingdom:
The suspected hijacking of a ship within the Gulf of Oman has ended and the vessel is secure, a UK maritime safety company mentioned on Wednesday, days after a lethal assault on a tanker within the area.
“Boarders have left the vessel. Vessel is secure. Incident full,” United Kingdom Maritime Commerce Operations tweeted.
WARNING 001/AUG/2021 Replace 002
Class: Incident – Potential Hijack – Non Piracy
— United Kingdom Maritime Commerce Operations (UKMTO) (@UK_MTO) August 4, 2021
The suspected hijacking off the coast of the United Arab Emirates got here simply days after an assault on a tanker left two lifeless, which the US and its allies blamed on Iran.
Earlier, Lloyd’s Record reported that armed males had boarded a Panama-flagged tanker and ordered it to sail to Iran.
And on Tuesday, the UKTMO upgraded its report of the “non-piracy” incident on the unidentified ship 60 miles east of Fujairah heading in direction of the Strait of Hormuz to “potential hijack”.
Maritime safety analysts at Dryad International and Aurora Intelligence recognized the endangered ship because the Panama-flagged Asphalt Princess, an asphalt and bitumen tanker.
The ship was heading in direction of Iran beneath the management of armed males with British and US naval operations monitoring the state of affairs, Lloyd’s Record mentioned.
Richard Meade, editor of the transport business intelligence website, advised The Instances that “armed forces have boarded the vessel, which final signalled its place round 5 pm London time, and are directing it in direction of Iran”.
The incident on the opening of the Strait of Hormuz — one of many world’s busiest waterways — comes days after an assault on an Israeli-linked tanker sure for the UAE, which the US and its allies blamed on Iran.
Iranian overseas ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh mentioned Tuesday that “reported ‘incidents’ within the Persian Gulf and broader area seem completely suspicious”.
“Reaffirming our sturdy dedication to regional stability and maritime safety, Iran stands prepared to supply help in case of any maritime accidents,” Khatibzadeh wrote on Twitter.
‘Deeply regarding’ incident
The USA stopped in need of assigning blame for the most recent episode however State Division spokesman Ned Worth mentioned there had been “a really disturbing sample of belligerence from Iran.
“In terms of this particular incident, it is too early for us to supply a judgement simply but,” Worth advised reporters.
White Home spokeswoman Jen Psaki mentioned the US was in shut contact with Britain over the “deeply regarding” incident.
Whereas Iran has denied any involvement in Thursday’s blast on the MT Mercer Avenue, the US and Iran’s arch-enemy Israel each say an Iranian drone triggered the explosion.
Two crew members, from Britain and Romania, died on the Liberian-flagged ship, which is managed by outstanding Israeli billionaire Eyal Ofer.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken earlier vowed a collective response towards Iran over the incident, which he referred to as a “direct menace” to freedom of navigation within the oil-rich waters.
US Navy forces who got here to assistance from the crew in response to an emergency misery name noticed proof of the assault, based on the US army.
The tensions come as Iran on Tuesday inaugurated the Islamic republic’s eighth president, the ultraconservative cleric and prosecutor Ebrahim Raisi.
He succeeded Hassan Rouhani, thought of a reasonable, who sought to restore relations with the West and whose administration unsuccessfully sought to barter a revival of a nuclear accord with the US.
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