Posted on May 20, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
New details have surfaced on the sabotage attack that took place in Fujairah, UAE last Sunday.
While most of the evidence is circumstantial in nature at this time, a confidential assessment issued by the Norwegian Shipowners’ Mutual War Risks Insurance Association (DNK) has brought to light new information.
More specifically, DNK concluded that the attacks were carried out from a nearby surface vessel that had been operating near the scene.
According to DNK, the vessel dispatched underwater drones that were carrying 30-50kg of high-grade explosives, which were supposed to detonate on impact.
Furthermore, DNK believes that there’s a high likelihood the attack was carried out by Iran’s Elite Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).
They’ve based this on the fact that the shrapnel found on the Andrea Victory, the Norwegian Tanker that had been damaged in the attack, was similar to the shrapnel found in drone boats used off the coast of Yemen by the Houthis.
DNK had previously considered, that if Iran was to use military force against a militarily stronger foe, they were highly likely to choose “asymmetric measures with plausible deniability”.
Due to this latest incident, a lot of maritime insurance providers are now changing their threat assessment of the middle east.
More specifically, the Joint War Committee of the London marine insurance market, which is made of syndicate members from the Lloyd’s Market Association (LMA) has just added Oman, the United Arab Emirates and the Arabian Gulf to its list of high-risk areas.