False Alarm in Gulf of Oman

Location of hijacking report.

A report of a vessel hijacking in the Gulf of Oman on Friday has turned out to be nothing more than a false alarm, according to maritime situational awareness database OceanusLive.com.

The following report came in yesterday from the U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence, and was posted to gCaptain’s facebook page:

A merchant vessel reported being hijacked at 1924Z on 04 May near 2511N 05637E, approximately 75NM Southwest of Jask in the Gulf of Oman. -END-

Upon further investigation, however, OceanusLive.com says the report has been reclassified as nothing more than a routine inspection by Iranian Navy, who has cited an update from EUNAVFOR’s Maritime Security Centre – Horn of Africa (MSCHOA) on the incident.

No word yet on the vessel referred to in the reports, which have all been retracted.