SHANA — The CEO of the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) said that SABITI, an NITC-owned oil tanker which was hit by two missiles on Friday morning, was en route home and would arrive in Iran within 9 or 10 days.
Nasrollah Sardashti said the vessel would reach Bab-el-Mandeb Strait in 24 hours.
The oil tanker is believed to have been stricken by two missiles 60 miles off the Jeddah Port, Saudi Arabia at 5 and 5:20 a.m.
The blasts damaged storerooms of the vessel. The source of the strikes is not determined yet and is under investigation.
According to NITC, the ship did not catch fire and all of its crewmembers are safe and secure.
He said two main storerooms of the ship were damaged by the blasts, adding it was sailing towards Iran at maximum speed.
The NITC CEO added that oil leakage from the ship was fully controlled.