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Explosion Strikes Israeli-Owned Cargo Ship in the Gulf of Oman

Explosion Strikes Israeli-Owned Cargo Ship in the Gulf of Oman

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The British Maritime Trade Operations Authority and a Maritime Security Company stated on Friday that the Israeli ship was hit by an unknown explosion in the Gulf of Oman on Thuresday.


The British Maritime Trade Operations Authority notice said, "Investigations are underway and the ship is safe and the crew is fine," .It added that the accident occurred at 20:40 GMT.

 


In addition, the authority did not give details of the cause of the explosion.


"Ships sailing in the area have been advised to take precautions," said the notice.


The vessel was M, Dryad Global Maritime Security said. Helios Rai, a ship carrying motor vehicles operated by Helios Rai Ltd., is an Israeli company registered on the Isle of Man. The ship was headed straight from Dammam in Saudi Arabia to Singapore.


The Israeli Ministry of Transportation's spokesman said the ministry had no knowledge about an Israeli ship that had been struck in a Gulf explosion.


Helios Ray Ltd. is a company registered in the Isle of Man. Ship traffic recorded data from Refinitiv reported that the vessel was owned by Stamco Ship Management. When contacted by Reuters by phone, Stamco Ship Management refused to respond.


"While the details of the accident are still unclear, there is a realistic possibility that the accident may result from activities similar to those of the Iranian army," Dryad said in the incident report.

 

The U.S. Fifth Fleet, based in Bahrain, said it was aware of the incident and monitored the situation.

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