Oil Tanker Directly Fired Upon by Craft Thought to Be Iranian: Owner

A small craft thought to be Iranian fired on a Singapore-flagged oil products tanker after the ship ignored an order to stop in international waters in the Gulf, the ship’s owner said on Thursday. Owner South Maritime Pte Ltd said in a statement the Singapore-flagged Alpine Eternity was attacked by a number of small craft, "thought to be Iranian", earlier on Thursday while in international waters off the United Arab Emirates after it had sailed from Bahrain en route to Fujairah. The owner said the vessel safely reached the port of Jebel Ali, adding that there was no serious damage to the vessel and none of the 23 crew members were injured.