Online images do not show CMA CGM Symi being attacked in the Indian Ocean

Images have been appearing online claiming to show the recent attack on the CMA CGM Symi (IMO 9867839) in the Arabian Sea, but which are in fact a rehashed photograph of a 2019 attack on Norwegian-owned oil tanker Front Altair (IMO 9745902) in the Gulf of Oman (IMN, June 14th 2019).

Container ship CMA CGM Symi (IMO 9867839) was reported to have been attacked by an Iranian drone in the Indian Ocean early on November 24th. The ship suffered some damage, but the crew were all reported safe.
The attack was thought to have been carried out using an Iranian-made Shahed-136 drone on Friday, according to a US defence official speaking to The Associated Press news agency on Saturday.

Posts on Facebook and X-formerly-Twitter shared the 2019 Front-Altair image with the caption: “An ISRAELI BILLIONAIRE’S cargo ship was just hit by a drone in the Indian Ocean.” However, the Front Altair is an oil tanker owned by Norwegian shipping firm Frontline, which caught fire following an onboard blast on June 13th 2019.

2016-built, Marshall islands-flagged, 62,849 gt Front Altair is owned by Front Altair Inc care of Oslo, Norway-based Frontline Management AS ISM manager is International Yanker Mgmt Co of Dubai, UAE. It is entered with Gard P&I on behalf of Front Altair Inc, and by Gard AS (claims leader) with Frontline Management AS.

2022-built, Malta-flagged, 150,844 gt CMA CGM Symi is owned by Xiang L37 HK International care of manager Eastern Pacific Shipping Ltd of Singapore. It is entered with NorthStandard on behalf of Ordech Shipping ltd.

Eastern Pacific Shipping is reported to be a company ultimately controlled by Israeli billionaire Idan Ofer.