Four tankers report loss of control off UAE coast
According to British media reports, a tanker in the Gulf of Oman was seized by armed men; London suspects Tehran’s involvement. In Iran, the incident was called a “suspicious situation” and promised to help in the investigation The Golden Brilliant
management under unclear circumstances. Sky News and Associated Press reported this with reference to data from the service for tracking ships Marine Traffic.
We are talking about the Queen Ematha oil tankers, which sail under the flag of Guyana, Golden Brilliant (Singapore), Jag Pooja (India) and Abyss (Vietnam). On August 3, they reported the loss of control at various times. As of 21:10 Moscow time, the Not Under Command status is retained only by the tanker Jag Pooja.
In addition, Sky News, citing sources, reports on the seizure of the Panama-flagged tanker Asphalt Princess in the Gulf of Oman off the coast of the UAE. According to the channel’s security officials, a group of eight or nine armed men boarded the vessel.
The Times reports that Asphalt Princess is owned by Prime Tankers LLC. It also owns the tanker MT Riah, which was detained by the Iranian coast guard in July 2019. According to the newspaper’s sources in the British government, Tehran or its allies may also be involved in the incident with the Asphalt Princess.