Armed men boarded a vessel, reported to be chemical tanker SC Taipei (IMO 9175535) while she was at anchor in the Gulf of Oman on Tuesday April 14th but the ship was later released, the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) said.
In an updated advisory the UKMTO said that “vessel and crew are safe,” without confirming the name of the ship. UKMTO urged all vessels in the vicinity to remain vigilant. Earlier it had said that the vessel had been at anchor around 3nm off Ras Al Kuh.
Maritime security firm Dryad Global had tweeted that a Hong Kong-flagged vessel had been released after observing that the ship had been at anchor waiting to approach Jubail in Saudi Arabia. Dryad said that this vessel was “highly likely” to be the vessel concerned.
Dryad said that it was unclear whether the vessel was in distress or perhaps being assisted by Iran in some way.
The vessel was anchored in Iranian waters off Mobarak after being boarded.
The SC Taipei was en route from India to Jubail, UAE.
2000-built, Hong Kong-flagged, 13,753 gt SC Taipei is owned by SC Taipei Shipping Co Ltd care of manager SC Shipping Singapore Pte Ltd of Singapore.