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Israeli-Owned Ship Hit by Explosion Docks in Dubai for Assessment

Israeli-Owned Ship Hit by Explosion Docks in Dubai for Assessment

Sunday, 28 February, 2021 - 09:30
FILE PHOTO: General view of a stock yard of DP World's fully automated Terminal 2 at Jebel Ali Port in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 27, 2018. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed/File Photo

An Israeli-owned ship hit by an explosion in the Gulf of Oman will be assessed in Dubai, where it arrived on Monday, a spokesman for Dubai state port operator DP World announced Sunday.

The MV Helios Ray, a vehicle-carrier ship, was hit overnight between Thursday and Friday by a blast above the water line that a US defense official said ripped holes in both sides of its hull.

“We are aware a cargo ship was damaged off the coast of Oman. It’s due in (Dubai’s) DryDocks on March 1st where an assessment can be made,” the DP World spokesman said earlier.

DP World owns and operates the dry docks, where ship repairs and maintenance are carried out.

Israeli’s defense minister said on Saturday that an initial assessment had found that Iran was responsible for the explosion, Reuters reported.

There was no immediate comment from Iranian officials.

The ship is owned by Tel Aviv-based Ray Shipping Ltd through a company registered in the Isle of Man, according to a UN shipping database.

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