UK says there has been a ‘potential hijack’ of a ship off the UAE coast

·1-min read
Last week, a drone attack on an oil tanker off the coast of Oman left a British citizen dead (AFP/Getty)
Last week, a drone attack on an oil tanker off the coast of Oman left a British citizen dead (AFP/Getty)

Britain’s maritime trade agency reported a “potential hijack” was under way off the coast of the United Arab Emirates’ Fujairah region, without giving details on the vessel or vessels involved.

The British military’s United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) organisation had warned ships earlier on Tuesday that “an incident” was taking place.

It had also advised vessels in the area of Fujairah to exercise caution, based on a third-party source.

The UK foreign office said it was urgently investigating the incident.

Earlier on Tuesday afternoon at least five ships in the sea between the UAE and Iran updated their AIS tracking status to “Not Under Command”, according to Refinitiv ship tracking data. Such a status generally indicates a ship is unable to manoeuvre due to exceptional circumstances.

It was not clear whether this had any connection to the reported incident.

The area in the Arabian Sea leads to the Strait of Hormuz, through which about a fifth of the world’s seaborne oil exports flow.

This comes after a drone attack last week on an oil tanker off the coast of Oman left a British citizen dead.

Britain, the US and Israel have blamed Tehran for the attack.

The UK’s Foreign Office has said that it believes the strike on the oil tanker was “deliberate, targeted, and a clear violation of international law by Iran”.

The UK’s minister for digital infrastructure, Matt Warman, said on Monday that “all the evidence that we see points to the fact that it was Iranian action”.

The Iranian government has denied responsibility, but the British government warned Tehran that it was working with allies “on a concerted response to this unacceptable attack”.

Additional reporting by Reuters

Read More

Beirut explosion ‘Ask Me Anything’ hosted live by Bel Trew a year on from the disaster

UK summons Iranian ambassador over deadly drone attack, as Tehran warns of ‘strong response’ to any threat

Israel’s top court proposes Sheikh Jarrah residents can stay in their homes in ‘compromise’ solution

Briton among two dead after attack on ship near Omani coast

She investigated Jamal Khashoggi’s murder. Now UN official says America must reveal what it knows

Briton among two dead after 'piracy' attack on ship near Omani coast

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting