Oil tankers attacked in Gulf of Oman, amid rising US - Iran tensions
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Two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman came under suspected attack early Thursday amid soaring tensions between the United States and Iran in the region.
One ship was adrift and on fire in the strategic waterway, a company spokesman said, and the other suffered damage to its hull. Both crews were evacuated safely.
The U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet in Bahrain said it was was assisting the two ships.
“We are aware of the reported attack on shipping vessels in the Gulf of Oman,” a Navy statement said. “U.S. Naval Forces in the region received two separate distress calls at 6:12 a.m. local (Bahrain) time and a second one at 7:00 a.m. U.S. Navy ships are in the area and are rendering assistance.”
The exact circumstances of the attack were unclear. But the incident took place near the Strait of Hormuz, a flashpoint for tensions between Iran and the United States, which has stepped up its “maximum pressure” campaign to isolate Tehran.
The incident follows similar attacks last month, when four oil tankers were struck with limpet mines, also near the Strait of Hormuz. U.S. officials blamed the operation on Iran, which has denied involvement.
On Thursday, Singapore-based BSM Ship Management said that the crew of the Panama-flagged tanker Kokuka Courageous “abandoned ship after the incident on board which resulted in damage to the ship’s hull starboard side.”
It said one crewman was slightly injured but that the ship was not in danger of sinking and that its cargo of methanol was intact.
The second ship, managed by Norway’s Frontline, was said to be adrift and on fire in the gulf, its spokesman told a Norwegian newspaper.