Ship hijacked by pirates off the coast of UAE
Ship hijacked by pirates off the coast of UAE

Ship hijacked by pirates off the coast of UAE

A large Dubai-owned tanker has been hijacked by pirates off the coast of the UAE and ordered to sail to Iran.

The bitumen tanker MV Asphalt Princess has been hijacked by armed pirates in the Gulf of Oman near the UAE. And they’ve ordered the huge tanker to sail to Iran according to Maritime Intelligence.

The tanker is now heading into the Strait of Hormuz which is one of the busiest sailing passages in the world. It’s not yet clear who the hijackers are, but Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have dismissed reports they’re behind it.

According to reports, nine armed men seized the ship.

The tanker is owned by a Dubai-based company. And just two years ago another of their ships was hijacked by revolutionary guards.

And it’s the second incident in less than a week that a tanker has been targeted. An Israeli-owned tanker was attacked by a drone off the coast of Oman, killing two security guards.

It was a busy day at sea for the authorities yesterday. Four oil tankers reported they were ‘not under command’ which means their boat had lost power and couldn’t steer.

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