DUBAI () – An Israeli-owned ship that was hit by an explosion in the strategic waterway of Omanbugen has arrived at a port in Dubai, where it is to be assessed in dry dock.
MV Helios Ray, a vehicle ship, was hit overnight between Thursday and Friday by an explosion above the waterline, which a U.S. Secretary of Defense said he tore down holes in both sides of the hull.
Israel’s defense minister said Saturday that an initial assessment had shown Iran was responsible for the blast. There was no immediate comment from Iranian officials.
The blue and white ship is now docked in Dubai’s Port Rashid after sailing from its position off the coast of the Omani capital Muscat, where the explosion occurred.
The Gulf of Oman connects the waters of the bay via the strategically important Strait of Hormuz, a narrow passage between Iran and Oman, through which almost a fifth of the world’s oil passes.
An Israeli delegation was on its way to Dubai to investigate the incident, the Israeli Channel 13 News reported on Saturday.
A spokesman for Dubai’s state port operator DP World, which owns and operates the dry docks, had earlier on Sunday said the ship was due to arrive on Monday for assessment.
MV Helios Ray is owned by Tel Aviv-based Ray Shipping Ltd through a company registered on the Isle of Man, a UN ship database shows.
Tensions have risen in the Gulf region since the United States reintroduced sanctions on Iran in 2018 after then-President Donald Trump withdrew from Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with major powers.
Since then, Washington has blamed Iran for a series of attacks on shipping in Gulf waters, including two Saudi oil tankers. Iran distanced itself from these attacks.