Iran Releases Pictures of SABITI Tanker Attacked off Jeddah Coast
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Iran Releases Pictures of SABITI Tanker Attacked off Jeddah Coast

By IndraStra Global News Team

Image Attribute: SABITI (IMO: 9172040, MMSI: 422170000)'s damage recorded in photo October 13, 2019, day of incident / Source:  Reuters/West Asia News Agency

Image Attribute: SABITI (IMO: 9172040, MMSI: 422170000)'s damage recorded in photo October 13, 2019, day of incident / Source: © 2019 Shana News Agency

Last week on Friday, two explosions occurred on an Iranian tanker named the SABITI (IMO: 9172040, MMSI: 422170000), in the Red Sea not far from Saudi Arabia’s port of Jeddah, news agency ISNA reported. 

According to the news agency, the tanker belongs to the National Iranian Oil Company, a government-owned corporation under the Ministry of Petroleum of Iran and operated by the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC). Due to the explosion caused by the attack, two oil storage tanks were damaged, and oil got into the Red Sea. The images show two large holes in its hull a bit above the water line on the right broadside of the vessel. 

Image Attribute: Iran has released pictures showing one of the two gaping holes in the hull of an oil tanker it alleges was attacked off Saudi Arabia last week. / © 2019 Shana News Agency

Image Attribute: Iran has released pictures showing one of the two gaping holes in the hull of an oil tanker it alleges was attacked off Saudi Arabia last week. / © 2019 Shana News Agency

The agency further reported that experts from Iran's Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO) said in a statement October 13 that the last week's explosions on the vessel showed it had been attacked "likely by missiles".

Image Attribute: Iran has released pictures showing one of the two gaping holes in the hull of an oil tanker it alleges was attacked off Saudi Arabia last week. / © 2019 Shana News Agency

Image Attribute: Iran has released pictures showing one of the two gaping holes in the hull of an oil tanker it alleges was attacked off Saudi Arabia last week. / © 2019 Shana News Agency

Describing the incident as a "terrorist attack", NITC claimed that SABITI called Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Sudan, for help, but did not receive any response. However, the Saudi authorities said they received a distress message from the vessel, but they added that it had switched off its transponder before they could assist.

“At 11:47 local time on Friday, an e-mail was received from Jeddah seaside station including a message from SABITI’s captain. The message said the bow of the tanker was damaged causing oil released into the sea.” the Saudi official said. He claimed, “While having the received data analyzed, it was found out that the tanker was on its route, 67 miles away from Jeddah coastline”

He further added, “With its GPS off, the tanker did not respond to the calls no more. The tanker’s location was updated at 15:50, illustrating it 79 miles away from Jeddah”.

The latest SABITI attack came just after the last month's attack on Saudi Arabian oil installations belonging to Saudi Aramco in Abqaiq province (near Dammam) and Hijrat Khurais oilfield that shut 5 percent of global crude output triggered the biggest surge in oil prices since 1991.