Two oil tankers have been evacuated following suspected attacks in the Gulf of Oman. Shipping newspaper Tradewinds is reporting that a Norweigan tanker was hit by a torpedo off the United Arab Emirates coast.
Reuters reports two tankers were evacuated after an incident in the Gulf of Oman, the Marshall Islands-flagged Front Altair, which has been reported as being on fire, and the Panama-flagged Kokuka Courageous.
Kokura’s manager said the tanker was damaged on its hull in a security incident in which one crew member was slightly injured.
Iran’s Al-Alam television network reported two explosions were heard in the Sea of Oman Thursday morning, Press TV reports.
The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations said it was aware of an incident in the Gulf and urged “extreme caution.”
The US Fifth Fleet said two oil tankers were damaged in an incident near the Strait of Hormuz and that one of the ships’ operators described as a suspected attack, Bloomberg reports.
“US Naval Forces in the region received two separate distress calls at 6:12a.m. local time and a second one at 7:00 am,” Joshua Frey of the Fifth Fleet said.
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