An oil tanker was attacked off the coast of Oman in the Arabian Sea, on July 29.
amely, the attack on the tanker “Mercer Street”, took place approximately 159 km from the Port of Duqm.
The commercial operator of the ship, Zodiac Maritime, issued a statement on the incident, informing that there had been a suspected piracy incident and that the ship was Japanese-owned.
At the time of the incident, the vessel was in the northern Indian Ocean, traveling from Dar es Salaam to Fujairah with no cargo onboard
Zodiac Maritime stated.
Furthermore, according to the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) the investigations are ongoing, while it does not believe the incident is piracy-related.
However, providing further – but still unconfirmed – information on the incident, Dryad Global claims that the attack may have taken place with a UAV, while it also adds that 2 of the 27 crew are reported as deceased.