Pirates threatened a ship at the north end of the Strait of Hormuz in the nearest-ever attack to the waterway, which handles 20 percent of the globally traded oil, according to the International Maritime Bureau.
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. , operator of the world’s second-largest oil-tanker fleet, said one of its ships may have been attacked near the Strait of Hormuz, deemed by the U.S. to be the most important chokepoint for oil supply.
The 41-year-old refurbished transport vessel overseeing an international Middle East mine- hunting exercise can defend itself from Iranian speedboats with two new machine guns cued by long-range cameras bought under a special Pentagon program.
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. began inspecting an oil tanker after an explosion that may have been caused by an attack near the Strait of Hormuz, deemed by the U.S. to be the most important chokepoint for oil supplies.