Dubai, Aug 3 (EFE) .- The British Navy indicated this Wednesday that some attackers who had allegedly hijacked a ship in the Gulf of Oman have left the ship and it is now “safe”, in what is yet another incident in this zone.
The British Navy’s Commercial Maritime Operations (UKMTO) entity, which provides information for international maritime trade, said on its website that the incident had been “closed” after the “assailants left the ship”, stating that the ship is “safe”, without giving further details.
Yesterday the UKMTO claimed that a vessel had suffered a “potential non-piracy related hijacking” in the Gulf of Oman, east off the coast of Fujairah, in the United Arab Emirates, without giving further details.
Lloyd’s List, a specialized publication of the maritime industry, confirmed this information and indicated that “armed men seized the Panamanian-flagged oil tanker” Asphalt Princess “in front of the Gulf of Oman” and was going to be directed to Iran, according to its sources, although this Last country has denied being involved in this incident.
According to several maritime security agencies, at least three Hong Kong, Panama and Vietnam flag vessels were involved in the incident yesterday, while at least two vessels lost control momentarily.
The three ships, according to maritime security agencies, are tankers found in the Gulf of Oman, where last week a Liberian-flagged tanker suffered a still confusing incident that some countries such as the United Kingdom attribute to an attack perpetrated by Iran and in which two people died.
However, Iran has denied that it is behind the incident.
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