By Patrick Sykes and Daniel Avis on 7/30/2021
(Bloomberg) –Two crew members had been killed when an oil merchandise tanker with hyperlinks to Israel got here underneath assault off the coast of Oman.
A Romanian and a U.Okay. citizen died on the 600-foot provider Mercer Road when the vessel got here underneath assault on Thursday whereas crusing from Tanzania’s Dar es Salam to Fujairah within the United Arab Emirates, stated Zodiac Maritime Ltd., the supervisor of the tanker.
“We aren’t conscious of hurt to every other personnel,” it stated.
Zodiac is managed by Israeli businessman Eyal Ofer and operates the Japanese-owned provider. Its preliminary assertion stated pirates seemed to be accountable.
The U.Okay. Maritime Commerce Operations, a Royal Navy functionality, reported two incidents within the Gulf of Oman on Thursday, one among which it stated was not piracy. It’s unclear if there’s any connection between the 2 conditions. The realm has seen repeated assaults on Israeli and Iranian ships since February this yr that the 2 states have blamed on one another, with each denying accountability.
“We’re conscious of reviews of an assault on a service provider vessel off the coast of Oman,” a spokesman for the U.Okay. Ministry of Defence stated. “U.Okay. navy headquarters within the area are at present conducting investigations.”
The MoD earlier stated the ship was Israeli-owned, earlier than eradicating the reference to Israel. The UKMTO reported a “non piracy incident” at 8:00 a.m. U.Okay. time on Thursday, and an assault round 7:00 p.m., with out giving additional particulars on both.
The British and Romanian international ministries didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.