Yesterday, marinemonks reported about the British Military’s United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) warning, of a ‘potential hijack’ of a tanker ship, named ‘MV Asphalt Princess’ off the coast of the United Arab Emirates in the Gulf of Oman.
The hijacking of the Panama-flagged asphalt tanker vessel was later confirmed. It was reported, that the vessel was seized by at-least nine armed men, who attempted to deviate the rote of the UAE-owned ship to Iran.
Iran, which was already under suspicion for the deadly drone attack on Zodiac Maritime’s Liberian-flagged Japanese owned petroleum tanker Mercer Street, which claimed the lives of two crew-members, is being suspected this time too, for the attempt to hijack Asphalt Princess. The country’s representatives however, denied being involved in he incident.
Today (Wednesday, 4th August), as reported by the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO), the vessel has been left by the hijackers, who boarded the vessel on a helicopter, at approximately sixty nautical miles, to the east of the port of Fujairah.
Here’s the tweet, which was shared by the UKMTO, announcing the news:
WARNING 001/AUG/2021 Update 002— United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) (@UK_MTO) August 4, 2021
Category: Incident – Potential Hijack – Non Piracy
Description: Boarders have left the vessel. Vessel is safe. Incident completehttps://t.co/toURu6jSzg#MaritimeSecurity #marsec pic.twitter.com/IvC44GOiic