The Japanese oil tanker hit in a suspected attack in the Strait of Hormuz arrived in Tokyo yesterday where authorities will try to determine what caused the damage.
Oil tanker in blast probe arrives in Japan
The Japanese oil tanker hit in a suspected attack in the Strait of Hormuz arrived in Tokyo yesterday where authorities will try to determine what caused the damage. Six officials will continue their two-day inspection of the M Star today as part of an investigation that is expected to take at least a month, Yasufumi Onishi, of the Maritime Bureau, said. "We have not yet decided what happened to the tanker," Mr Onishi added.
The M Star suffered damage on July 28 while carrying 270,000 tonnes of oil from Al Ruwais to Japan. A suspected blast dented its side and blew out windows. One of 31 crew members was injured but has returned to work. The UAE authorities have declared the event a terrorist attack, citing traces of homemade explosives on the ship. A small vessel was seen moving suspiciously around the M Star shortly before the attack, according to radar images from the tanker's voyage data recorder.
A group calling itself the Abdullah Azzam Brigades has claimed responsibility. A spokesman for the ship operator, Mitsui OSK Lines, declined to comment. @Email:firstname.lastname@example.org