Iranian state news outlet Shana has released its first images of the damage to the tanker SABITI, which suffered two explosions and two hull breaches on Friday.
The managing director of the Ports and Maritime Organization of Iran, Mohammad Rastad, told state media on Monday that the attack was indeed a missile strike, as has been widely reported. He claimed that the tanker has 140,000 tonnes of oil on board (out of a maximum dwt of 160,000 tonnes) and that her “consignment had no damage,” though recent satellite imagery shows a large oil slick in the Red Sea. Official post-attack photos show that she is heavily trimmed by the stern, a condition consistent with a lightened load forward.