At about the same time, six vessels declared that they were “not under command”. This means that the ship has lost control and cannot be controlled.
Off the coast of the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, August 3, at least six tankers transmitted warnings that they lost control of their steering under unclear circumstances, writes The Time of Israel.
According to MarineTraffic.com, six vessels declared at about the same time using trackers of their automatic identification system that they were “not under command”. This usually means that the ship has lost control and cannot be controlled.
“At the same time, if they are in the same place and in the same place, this happens very rarely. Not all ships lose their engines or their ability to steer at the same time,” said Ranjit Raja, an expert on oil and shipping from the Refintiv information company.
It is noted that we are talking, in particular, about the ships Queen Ematha, Golden Brilliant, Jag Pooja, and Abyss.
Later, one of the tankers moved.
The UK Maritime Trade Service said the incident was a “ potential hijacking.” Details are unknown.