A tanker was hit by a projectile off the coast of Oman on November 15, causing minor damage to the hull with no injuries or spillage of the gas oil cargo, according to Eastern Pacific Shipping, manager of the tanker “Pacific Zircon”.
he company is now investigating the incident, which took place approximately 150 miles off the coast of Oman, adding that “all crew are safe and accounted for”.
Preliminary reports indicate the vessel was hit by a projectile. There is some minor damage to the vessel’s hull but no spillage of cargo or water ingress
Eastern Pacific Shipping stated.
Before the incident was known, the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet had informed told Reuters that it was aware of an incident in the Gulf of Oman involving a commercial vessel, but did not give further details.
Earlier in October, in a similar incident, an Okeanis Eco Tankers’ very large crude carrier became the target of armed drones, as the vessel had called for loading at the Al-Dabba oil terminal in Ash Shihr, Yemen.
The company confirmed two “drone-driven explosions” in close proximity to its 2022-built Nissos Kea, informing that the ship sustained no damage in the attack and no injuries to the crew were reported.