Tanker Bombed Near Persian Gulf Headed Back to Iran

(Bloomberg) --An oil tanker damaged in a bombing that was blamed on Iran is back in business. The ship’s first destination: Iran. The Andrea Victory is sailing in the northern Persian Gulf and signaling Iran’s Bandar Imam Khomeini as a destination, according to ship tracking data compiled by Bloomberg. The data show the vessel, which was attacked off the coast of the United … [Read more...]

U.A.E. Splits With U.S. Over Blame for Oil Tanker Attack in May

By Abbas Al Lawati (Bloomberg) --The United Arab Emirates appeared to distance itself from U.S. claims that pinned attacks on oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz on Iran. “Honestly we can’t point the blame at any country because we don’t have evidence,” Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan said on Wednesday in Moscow. “If there is a country that has the … [Read more...]

Blast-Hit Tankers Being Inspected Off UAE

DUBAI, June 16 (Reuters) - The two oil tankers crippled in attacks in the Gulf of Oman last week that Washington and Riyadh have blamed on Iran are being assessed off the coast off the United Arab Emirates before their cargos are unloaded, the ships' operators said on Sunday. Damage assessment on Japan's Kokuka Courageous and preparation for ship-to-ship transfer of its … [Read more...]

U.A.E.-Led Probe of Oil Tanker Attacks Points to `State Actor’

By David Wainer (Bloomberg) -- An investigation into a spate of attacks on oil tankers in the Middle East last month has concluded that a “state actor” is to blame, according to a summary of the preliminary findings of the probe by the United Arab Emirates, Norway and Saudi Arabia. The investigation found a “high degree of sophistication” behind the May 12 attacks near the … [Read more...]

UAE to Present Tanker Attack Report to UN Security Council Members -Diplomats

DUBAI, June 6 (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates will present to U.N. Security Council members on Thursday the results of an investigation into attacks targeting four oil tanker vessels off the UAE coast last month, two diplomats said. The diplomats, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the briefing was expected to take place at the UAE Mission to the United Nations … [Read more...]