Pompeo Says Intelligence Points to Iran in Tanker Attack in Gulf of Oman

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By Edward Wong WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that intelligence reviewed by American officials showed that Iran was responsible for attacks earlier in the day on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman, a critical waterway for the transit of much of the world’s oil. Mr. Pompeo did not present any evidence to back up the assessment …

Gulf of Oman ‘tanker blasts’: US Navy aids distressed vessels

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Regional media said there were explosions and fires on both vessels, the Front Altair and Kokuka Courageous. Crew from both vessels have been safely evacuated, their operators say. The incident comes a month after four tankers were attacked off the United Arab Emirates, which blamed an unnamed “state actor”. The US said Iran was behind the attacks, which involved naval …

One Month Since 2019’s First Piracy Attack Off The Somali Coast

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On 21 April, suspected pirates seized a fishing dhow off the coast of Somalia, holding 23 people hostage. In a matter of hours, the European Union’s counter-piracy force EU NAVFOR Somalia Operation Atalanta had responded to the attack. Two days later, the incident was over; Operation Atalanta had detained five suspects and released 23 hostages.  An Attack Dismantled The incident began when …

Piracy and pilfering at sea

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From Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean to Latin America and the Caribbean, the developing world is paying a price for maritime piracy and pilfering. Southeast Asia was home to two-fifths of the world’s pirate attacks between 1995 and 2013, while the waters off Africa remain a watery version of the Wild West. To put things into perspective, Somali pirates cost East Africa more than …

‘Sabotaged’ tanker in Gulf of Oman leaked oil

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A sizeable oil slick developed in waters where tankers were damaged off the United Arab Emirates on 12 May. Finnish company Iceye says one of its radar satellites detected a long trail leading from the Saudi-flagged vessel Amjad two days later. The crude oil tanker and three other ships suffered damage while anchored outside the port of Fujairah.  No-one has …

Gabon gets new maritime operations centre

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Gabon’s navy has accepted a new maritime operations centre (MOC), which was built by the United States Navy’s Seabees. It will support Gabon in protecting its maritime borders and countering illicit trafficking. The US Navy this week said Seabees assigned to US Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133 turned over the MOC to the Gabonese navy at a ribbon cutting …