Two oil tankers have been attacked in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday near the Strait of Hormuz, according to Iranian media.
Strait of Hormuz is a major strategic waterway where fifth of global oil consumption passes from Middle East producers.
The Iranian media did not provide any evidence, however, they added that harbors in Pakistan and Oman received SOS-signals from the crews of the ships after hearing sounds of explosions in the ship’s location.
The crew is reported to be safe although one minor injury was reported.
Oil prices jumped more than 3% as a result of the attack which raises tension in the Gulf between Iran and the United States.
The British maritime safety group was aware of an incident in the Gulf of Oman and they warned about “unspecified incident”.
“We are aware of the reported attack on tankers in the Gulf of Oman. U.S. Naval Forces in the region received two separate distress calls at 6:12a.m. and a second one at 7:00 a.m.,” Joshua Frey of the Fifth Fleet said.
Another spokesman for the US Navy’s 5th Fleet in Bahrain, said the incident is being investigated.
“Two tankers were evacuated after the incident,” four shipping and trade sources said.
“The attacked tankers are: the Marshal Islands-flagged Front Altair and the Panama-flagged Kokuka Courageous,” the source added.
The spokesman manager of tanker Kokuka Courageous said, “The vessel has been damaged as a result of the suspected attack.”
“The attack caused damage to ship’s hull on starboard side and the ship remains at sea, however, there is no danger of the ship sinking,” the spokesperson added.
However, Oman authorities nor ship operators have officially confirmed the explosions yet.
United Arab Emirates reported last May reported that four trade ships had been damaged in sabotage attacks in the Emirati exclusive economic zone.
According to the US Pentagon announcement on the 24th of May. Iran is involved in the attack, but Tehran has denied the allegation.