On Monday, Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said that two Saudi oil tankers were targeted in “a sabotage attack” off the coast of Fujairah, one of the world’s largest bunkering hubs lying just outside the Strait of Hormuz.
Falih said a statement to reporters that one of the two vessels was on its way to be loaded with Saudi Aramco’s customers in the United States. However, the UAE has not provided any details on the nature of the sabotage or who was responsible behind the attack and that there were no casualties and operations at Fujairah port were normal.
Falih said the attack aimed to undermine maritime freedom and “security of oil supplies to consumers all over the world.”
“The international community has a joint responsibility to protect the safety of maritime navigation and the security of oil tankers, to mitigate against the adverse consequences of such incidents on energy markets and the danger they pose to the global economy,” he said.
On Sunday, the U.S Maritime Administration said that the incidents of Fujairah have not been confirmed and urged caution when transiting the area. It said, “the precise means of attack or sabotage is unknown.”
The foreign ministry spokesman of Iran called the incident as “worrisome and dreadful” and has asked for an investigation into the matter.