A workforce member from the United Kingdom used to be amongst two staff killed in an assault on an oil tanker off Oman, the company managing the vessel has stated.
Zodiac Maritime stated the incident, which it stated used to be “suspected piracy”, had additionally resulted within the dying of a workforce member from Romania.
“We aren’t conscious about hurt to every other group of workers. Our number one fear stays the security and wellbeing of everybody on board and all the ones suffering from the placement”, the corporate, which is primarily based in the United Kingdom and owned via an Israeli circle of relatives, stated in a remark.
“Main points of the incident are nonetheless being established and an investigation into the incident is these days underway. We proceed to paintings carefully with the UKMTO and different related government”.
The UK Maritime Business Operations (UK MTO) – part of the Ministry of Defence, which gives maritime safety data – stated it used to be a “non-piracy incident”.
It used to be now not instantly transparent how the Mercer Side road tanker – a medium-sized, Jap-owned tanker – used to be attacked or via whom.
The choice of workforce on board and their nationalities used to be additionally now not instantly transparent.
Iran has prior to now been blamed for concentrated on tankers within the area with explosive gadgets – a danger that precipitated the United Kingdom and its allies to ship extra warships to the Gulf to higher give protection to the essential waterway.
The United Kingdom MTO stated the vessel used to be about 152 nautical miles (280 km) northeast of the Omani port of Duqm when it used to be attacked on Thursday.
It gave not more main points on the kind of vessel, any shipment, to whom it belonged or about conceivable casualties.
Zodiac Maritime stated in a remark: “We will ascertain that there was a suspected piracy incident onboard the product tanker M/T Mercer Side road.
“The send is a Jap owned vessel controlled via our UK primarily based Zodiac Maritime Place of work. On the time of the incident, the vessel used to be within the northern Indian Ocean, travelling from Dar es Salaam to Fujairah without a shipment on board.
“We’re in coordination and liaising with the United Kingdom MTO and different related government.”
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence stated: “We’re conscious about experiences of an assault on a service provider vessel off the coast of Oman. UK army headquarters within the area are these days undertaking investigations.”
In keeping with Eikon’s send monitoring, the Mercer Side road used to be headed to Fujairah, a bunkering port and oil terminal within the United Arab Emirates, from Dar es Salaam, in Tanzania.
Iran and Israel have traded accusations during the last months of attacking every different’s vessels.