DOHA (Sputnik) – Oman deployed military vessels and planes to ensure international waters’ security in the area of the incident with Panama-flagged tanker Asphalt Princess that was hijacked in international waters in the Gulf of Oman, the country’s maritime security centre said on Wednesday.
“The maritime security centre of the Sultanate of Oman keeps monitoring the situation with Asphalt Princess vessel in international waters after it received information about vessel hijacking in the Gulf of Oman. The Omani armed forces made several sorties to the area of the incident. In addition, several military vessels were sent there to protect the security of the international regional waters,” the Omani Maritime Security Center wrote on Twitter.
On Tuesday, media reported that the Asphalt Princess tanker, sailing under a Panamanian flag, was seized by a group of armed individuals off the UAE coast.