Is Iran to Blame For the Attack Mounted on Japanese Oil Tanker?

The theoretical solutions that a sea mine or giant waves could be to blame for the dent incurred by the tanker was dismissed by the boat’s owners in favour of attack claims.

Iran is being mentioned more and more in the scuffle, as it is famous for being very territorial about its waters, laying thousands of mines in the strait years ago, that are still active today. The incident occurred not far from the place where two years ago, armed Iranian boats held up US ships, an occurrence that only strengthens the mounting confrontation.

The hull of the Japanese tanker has been punctured, and the boat is now passing through investigative routines. No oil was spilled.

A sea mine remains the go-to theory to explain the flash of light and explosion that the crew witnessed. Though mines were designed to do much greater damage, one as old as the ones in Iranian waters right now should have lost most of its destroying capacities.

As it stands now, the claims that a rocket-launched grenade is to blame were disproven since the point of impact does not correspond with the weapon’s potency.

Some experts also say that a collision with a smaller boat is another possibility.

The incident continues a long line of traditionally cryptic boat accidents that include the South Korean ship sunken in March, last year’s Arctic freighter hijacking, or even the Tonkin incident that aided the unravelling of the Vietnam War.

Still, the Strait of Hormuz is not known for its prevalence of attacks, as it is responsible for the goings of almost 40% of all of the world’s oil, making an attack a highly unlikely occurrence, since the safety of many nations’ shipments rests on the region’s clemency.

Iranian official have been recorded as saying that if enemies remain intent to tarnish Iran’s reputation, and cause an international incident over an unproven theory, then proper actions will be taken, and the strait will be closed for all future shipments.

-Chris Termeer