A commercial oil tanker sustained minor damage after being hit by a shell 150 miles off the coast of Oman on Tuesday night, its operating company announced Wednesday.
Eastern Pacific Shipping Company said in a statement that the accident caused minor damage to the hull of the Pacific Zircon tanker, but there were no reports of injuries or oil spills.
We are in contact with the ship and there are no reports of injuries or contamination. “All crew members are safe and being held accountable,” the company said. “There is some minor damage to the hull but no spillage of cargo or ingress of water.”
Commander Timothy Hawkins, a spokesman for the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet in the Middle East, told CNN that the US Navy said it was “aware of an incident” in the area on Tuesday night.
Maritime traffic showed the tanker’s last known location off the coast of Oman near Liwa on Monday.
This is a developing story, more to follow…