DUBAI (Reuters) – Two tankers had been hit in suspected attacks in the Gulf of Oman and the crew have been evacuated, delivery sources mentioned on Thursday, a month after an identical incident in which 4 tankers in the area had been struck.
The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations, half of the Royal Navy, earlier mentioned it was conscious of an incident in the Gulf of Oman.
“UK and its partners are currently investigating,” the group mentioned with out elaborating.
Oil costs surged by four% after the report that raises tensions in the Gulf, which have been heightened by a dispute between Iran and the United States.
The space is close to the Strait of Hormuz, a significant strategic waterway by way of which a fifth of international oil consumption passes from Middle East producers.
Two tankers, the Marshal Islands-flagged Front Altair and the Panama-flagged Kokuka Courageous, had been evacuated and the crews had been secure, 4 delivery and commerce sources mentioned.
There was no instant affirmation from ship operators or authorities in Oman or the United Arab Emirates, in whose territorial waters 4 tankers had been hit final month.
The delivery newspaper Tradewinds reported tanker owned by Norway’s Frontline had been struck by a torpedo off the coast of Fujairah, one of the emirates in the United Arab Emirates. It cited unnamed business sources.
Frontline was not instantly out there for remark.
One delivery dealer mentioned there had been an explosion “suspected from an outside attack” that will have concerned a magnetic mine on the Kokuka.
“All crew safely abandoned the vessel and was picked up by Vessel Coastal Ace. Kokuka Courageous is adrift without any crew on board,” the supply mentioned.
Another supply mentioned the Front Altair reported a fireplace attributable to a “surface attack” and that the crew had been picked up by close by vessel Hyundai Dubai.
The UAE had mentioned that the May 12 attacks on 4 vessels off the coast of Fujairah, a major bunkering hub, had been seemingly attributable to limpet mines and bore the hallmarks of an operation most definitely by a state actor.
Saudi Arabia’s envoy to the United Nations blamed Iran. Tehran has denied any involvement.
Reporting by Koustav Samanta and Jessica Jaganathan in Singapore, Rania El Gamal in Dubai and Terje Solsvik in Oslo; Editing by Richard Pullin and Edmund Blair and Jon Boyle