Posted on October 11, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The Iranian state Oil Tanker, SABITI was the victim of an alleged terrorist attack during the early morning hours of October the 11th while it was transiting through the Red Sea.
According to the Iranian news agency, ISNA, the vessel, which belongs to the State-owned, National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC), was the target of two rocket attacks.
The incident occurred some 60 nautical miles off the coast of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
A NITC statement suggests that the Sinopa was hit by two missiles, one at 5:00 am and another at 05:20 am respectively.
“All the ship’s crew are safe, and the ship is stable too. There is no fire aboard the ship and the ship is completely stable,” reads the statement by the National Iranian Oil Corp (NIOC).
As a result of the explosions, the vessel sustained heavy damages, and crude oil started flowing into the Red Sea. Iranian authorities have been working on halting the flow and minimizing the damage onboard the vessel.
According to Saheb Sadeghi, a spokesman for NITC said in a statement to the Iranian media that the missiles probably were launched from the direction of Saudi Arabia.
Iran has referred to the attack as a “terrorist act”. Allegedly, the vessel was en-route to Syria with a cargo one million oil barrels.
Following the attack, oil prices rose by 2% globally,and in some cases more than 1$ per barrel.