NEW DELHI — A drone hit an Israeli-affiliated service provider vessel off the coast of India within the Arabian Sea on Saturday, a British maritime safety agency mentioned, damaging the vessel however inflicting no casualties.
The incident on the Liberian-flagged chemical product tanker occurred 120 miles (200-kilometers) southwest of the Indian port of Veraval, mentioned Ambrey. It gave no additional particulars in regards to the vessel’s Israeli hyperlinks.
Ambrey mentioned the drone assault struck the strict and triggered a hearth onboard that was later extinguished with none casualties among the many crew. The agency mentioned the vessel suffered some structural harm and a few water was taken onboard.
“The vessel was Israel-affiliated. She had final referred to as in Saudi Arabia and was destined for India on the time,” Ambrey mentioned.
The Indian Navy responded after the delivery firm requested help, a naval official mentioned.
“Indian Navy had dispatched an plane, which arrived overhead the MV (service provider vessel),” an announcement mentioned. “Security of the crew and ship was ascertained. A warship has additionally been dispatched to offer any help as required.”
Main international delivery corporations have rerouted their vessels after assaults within the Pink Sea for the reason that Israel-Hamas conflict started on Oct. 7. Many vessels take an extended and costlier route across the southern tip of Africa.
Nobody instantly claimed duty for Saturday’s assault.