Explosion occurs on ship in Gulf of Oman


Published: 2021-02-26 15:45

Last Updated: 2021-04-14 16:07

Explosion occurs on ship in Gulf of Oman
Explosion occurs on ship in Gulf of Oman

Thursday, a Bahamas-flagged ship, the MV HELIOS RAY, was struck by an explosion in the Gulf of Oman, according to the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) Friday. The incident occurred at 20:40 GMT.

The vessel and crew are safe, the UKMTO said. However, it did not give details on the cause of the explosion.

The MV HELIOS RAY was a vehicle carrier owned by Helios Ray Ltd, an Israeli Occupation firm registered in the Isle of Man, said the Maritime security firm Dryad Global.

The ship was on its way to Singapore from Dammam, Saudi Arabia.

However, a spokesperson for the Israeli Occupation Transportation Ministry said it had no information about a vessel being struck in the Gulf.

The ship was managed by Stamco Ship Management, Refinitiv ship tracking data showed. Stamco Ship Management refused to give any details to Reuters regarding the incident.

“Whilst details regarding the incident remain unclear it remains a realistic possibility that the event was the result of asymmetric activity by Iranian military,” Dryad said in a report on the incident.

Refinitiv data showed that the ship has set Dubai as its current destination.