UK investigates information that an oil tanker was attacked in the Arabian Sea

On July 30, the British military said it was investigating reports that an oil tanker managed by an Israeli billionaire's company was attacked in the Arabian Sea.

The Mercer Street tanker. Photo MarineTraffic
The Mercer Street tanker. Photo MarineTraffic

In a short statement, the British Ministry of Defense said: "We are aware of information about an attack on a commercial vessel off the coast of Oman. The British military command in the region is currently investigating. case".

Earlier, the UK Maritime Transport Coordination Office (UKMTO), an anti-piracy task force run by the Royal Navy, said "a ship was attacked" about 152 nautical miles off the coast of Oman. li (280 km).

According to Zodiac Maritime, a shipping company based in London (UK), the ship that was attacked was the Japanese oil tanker Mercer Street and managed by this company. The incident is suspected to be due to pirates.

According to Zodiac Maritime, at the time of the incident, the Mercer Street was in the northern Indian Ocean, departing from the city of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania to Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) but did not delivery.

Zodiac Maritime belongs to Zodiac group owned by Israeli businessman Eyal Ofer, operating in many fields such as freight transport, real estate, technology, banking and investment.

According to Forbes magazine (USA), Mr Ofer is the 197th richest person in the world in 2021, with an estimated fortune of 11.3 billion USD. The billionaire's shipping lines own and operate more than 160 ships.

About 10 years ago, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean were the areas of pirate activity. However, the number of piracy incidents has decreased in recent years after foreign navies stepped up patrols in these waters.

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