“It was two ships, then four ships, now at least 4 ships…”
The British military’s United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations initially warned ships Tuesday that “an incident is currently underway” off the coast of Fujairah. Hours later, they said the incident was a “potential hijack.” They did not elaborate.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — At least four ships off the coast of the United Arab Emirates broadcast warnings Tuesday that they had lost control of their steering under unclear circumstances as authorities reported “an incident” was underway in the area.
It wasn’t immediately clear what was happening off the coast of Fujairah in the Gulf of Oman.
The vessels — oil tankers called Queen Ematha, the Golden Brilliant, Jag Pooja and Abyss — announced around the same time via their Automatic Identification System trackers that they were “not under command,” according to MarineTraffic.com. That typically means a vessel has lost power and can no longer steer. More @ Source
#SHIP ‘ATTACKED’ NEAR #FUJAIRAHPORT OFF #UAE COAST
According to a UKMTO alert, #vessels should use extreme caution when passing through this area.”
A new vessel was involved in an incident off the coasts of the UAE in the #PersianGulf near Fujairah port on Tuesday,” according to Iran’s Mehr News Agency.
An attack on a merchant ship in international waters off the coast of the Emirati city of Fujairah has been reported, according to Al Jazeera.The United States, Israel, and the United Kingdom have all blamed Iran.