Posted on June 14, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
More details have surfaced on the attacks on the two tankers that occurred near the Strait of Hormuz, in the area between Fujairah, UAE and Jask, Iran on June the 13th.
At approximately 06:40 am LT in the morning, the Marshall Islands-flagged Oil Tanker, FRONT ALTAIR experienced three explosions, most likely caused by an anti-ship missile delivered from a naval asset.
They ruptured the hull of the tanker just above the waterline on the starboard side and managed to set the vessel on fire.
The crew was evacuated onto the nearby vessel HYUNDAI DUBAI that had been operating in the area. Later on, two Iranian Navy vessels approached the ship and demanded that the rescued crew were transferred to them.
They were then taken to Jask, Iran, and arrived at the civilian side of the port.
The fire on the Front Altair is still blazing, but a salvage operation has been launched.
The second attack targeted the Panama-flagged tanker Kokuka Courageous, and occurred at approximately 06:45 am LT.
The tanker experienced two explosions on its starboard side, just above the waterline, near the engine room area. The explosions caused a fire on the vessel and so far, one diesel tank has been affected.
Most likely, this attack was due to an anti-ship missile, but there is the possibility that limpet mines were used on the attack on the Kokuka.
The crew of the vessel were rescued by the nearby tug, COASTAL ACE and were later on taken onboard a US Navy vessel. The vessel is currently on fire, but a salvage operation has begun.
We don’t yet know the culprit behind these attacks for certain, but evidence points towards Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
A video released by the US Ministry of Defence, allegedly shows an IRGC Gashti Class patrol boat approaching the Kokuka Courageous, and its crew emoving an unexploded limpet mine from the vessel.
You can read the original story here.