Two tankers have been damaged in the Gulf of Oman with many claiming this to be the result of a torpedo attack.
One of the vessels, the Front Altair, is “suspected of being hit by a torpedo” according to Taiwan’s state oil refiner, CPC Corp.
The other vessel, Kokuka Courageous, sustained damage to its starboard hull, say its owners.
#Incident Reports of vessel MT Front Altair being on fire & adrift at position 2527N 05722E are being investigated. No cause has been positively confirmed. Latest information will be communicated when available. Contact our team via https://t.co/Qv7PyCfXM3 #Fujairah #UAE #attack pic.twitter.com/0Z4aIBzE5M
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The US Navy’s Fifth Fleet is assisting the two tankers.
“US naval forces in the region received two separate distress calls at 6:12am local time and a second one at 7:00am,” the fleet said in a statement.
“US Navy ships are in the area and are rendering assistance.”
The statement came after the UK’s Maritime Trade Operations put out an alert earlier on Thursday claiming an unspecified incident had taken place in the area.