Posted on August 23, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

The Iranian Oil Carrier, HELM suffered mechanical failure during the early morning hours of August the 20th while transiting through the Red Sea near Saudi Arabia.

The vessel issued a distress call at approximately 6:30 am IRST, while transiting some 75 nautical miles off Yanbu, SA.

The news was revealed on August the 21st when the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), initially reported the vessel breakdown.

According to IRNA, the vessel has not issued a distress call to any neighbouring countries, even though it has been broken down for more than a day.

“The ship’s crew are fixing the defect and the vessel is in a stable condition from a safety standpoint. Fortunately, the ship’s crew are in a safe condition,” said Akbar Jabal-Ameli, the technical director for NITC, the Iranian state-owned company that owns the vessel.

The Helm is one of the Iranian vessels that is mentioned in the list of individuals, companies and vessels that are under US sanctions, according to the US treasury.

Currently there’s limited information as to the actual state of the vessel, and its level of seaworthiness. The crew is attempting to repair the ship but there is no timeline given as to when the vessel will be able to sail again.

The tanker is currently carrying 1.3 million barrels of crude oil and is heading towards the Suez Canal.

Posted in Operations , Iran , Saudi Arabia , Middle East , Red Sea

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