US seizes on tanker attacks to up the stakes with Iran

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Washington (CNN) – When a US Secretary of State is as swift and unequivocal as Mike Pompeo was in blaming Iran for brazen attacks on two fuel tankers in the Gulf of Oman, he begs an equally blunt question.What is the United States going to do about it?Just over 12 hours after reports broke in slumbering Washington about the new crisis, Pompeo …

Gulf of Oman tanker blasts: Crews rescued safely

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Dozens of crew members have been rescued after abandoning two oil tankers hit by explosions in the Gulf of Oman. Ship operators said 21 crew on board the Kokuka Courageous and 23 on the Front Altair had been evacuated. Iran rescued the 44 after an “accident”, state media said, although the cause is unconfirmed. The US Navy said it received …

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 …

Gulf of Oman ‘tanker blast’ reports prompt warning

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A UK Royal Navy-linked maritime safety group has issued a warning amid reports of explosions involving two tankers in the Gulf of Oman. UK Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) said it was investigating the reports after regional media said the tankers had sent out distress warnings. On 12 May, four tankers were attacked off the United Arab Emirates coast. The UAE …

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 …