Britain’s maritime authorities said earlier in the day that the attack occurred 175 miles off the Port of Duqm on Thursday, adding that the incident was not related to piracy.
The UK Defence Ministry has stated that an Israeli-owned merchant ship was attacked in the Arabian Sea.
The incident occurred overnight, northeast of the Omani island of Masirah, according to London. British Maritime Trade Operations said an investigation was underway into the attack. The Omani authorities haven’t addressed the incident so far.
London-based Zodiac Maritime, which is a part of Israeli billionaire Eyal Ofer’s Zodiac Group, said on its website that they operate the ship in question. The vessel is the Liberian-flagged oil tanker Mercer Street, owned by a Japanese company, the statement said.
The Middle Eastern country is located near the Persian Gulf, controlling crucial routes for the oil trade.
Over the few past months, several incidents have occurred in the area, resulting in escalating tensions between Israel and Iran, as both sides accused each other of attacking their vessels.