New York, USA (CNN) – The tanker, which was feared to have been hijacked off the coast of the UAE, on Tuesday evening, is now safe, after the departure of those who boarded it, according to the British UKMTO report, which specializes in commercial maritime affairs.
The report stated that the tanker was “safe” 58 knots east of the Emirate of Fujairah in the UAE, noting that the incident was “over” without mentioning the name of the intended ship, while “Lloyd’s” Shipping stated that the ship was called “Asphalt Princess” and that it was flying the Panama flag and owned by a company. Prime Tankers is based in Dubai.
CNN was unable to confirm what Lloyd’s Shipping had reported.
It is noteworthy that the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Saeed Khatibzadeh, denied, in a report published by the official Iranian news agency, any relationship between the Iranian armed forces regarding the suspected hijacking of the tanker, describing the incident by saying: Oman is completely suspicious,” he said, warning at the same time not to “fabricate any false atmosphere for private political purposes.”
The US State Department had said, on Tuesday, that it was too early to determine whether the hijackers of the ship off the coast of Fujairah, the UAE, were backed by Iran, stressing that Washington is following up on reports of a maritime incident in the waters of the Gulf of Oman.
These statements come days after the US State Department blamed Iran for the attack on the Mercer Street commercial tanker off the Omani coast.
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