Tanker disappearance in Strait of Hormuz – not much mystery here
Product tanker MT RIAH went off AIS and is missing since late Jul 13, being at that time in Strait of Hormuz near Iranian waters. It’s a small old tanker, deployed as it seems from her records, in bunkering operations in Gulf of Oman, along UAE coast. There’s little doubt, that tanker was seized (hijacked) by Iranian forces, whoever they’re – Guards or Navy, or whatever. Otherwise, tanker just couldn’t disappear without a trace in heavily trafficked Strait of Hormuz waters, closely monitored by US and other nations’ Navies. Tanker couldn’t as well, break down, to be taken on tow by Iranian tug – no way. Tanker first of all, should contact owner, report accident and wait for owner’s decision. If that was the case, owner should be in full knowledge, and maintain constant communications.
Tanker’s crew doesn’t include UAE nationals, she’s most certainly, manned by multinational crew.
IMRRA, FleetMon’s official Vessel Risk Rating Partner, risk assessed this tanker as having a ‘amber’ risk rating, with a specific risk rating of 48% (07-MAR-19), compared to the fleet average 35%. New risk assessment reports can be purchased via FleetMon.
Red: Poorest performing; Amber: Average value; Green: Good indicator.