Yutaka Katata, president of Kokusen Sangyo in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, which operates an attacked oil tanker, held a press conference from 1:00 pm on the 14th. The US military has announced that a non-explosive bomb has been found in the oil tanker, but President Katada said: “It seems that the crew has carried out something, and the crew is observing it, therefore, it has been reported that there was a hole in the ship.”
On that basis, he said, “the place where the tanker was hit was well above the surface of the water, and I think it was not a damage from mines, torpedoes or portable devices,” and it is very likely that they were attacked by flying objects. Indicated
In addition, damaged oil tankers are currently heading to Hall Fakan in UAE = UAE.
In addition, as regards the methanol stored in the tanker truck, provided that the passage was not closed, it was revealed that it would be transferred to another ship and would continue to be transported.
Expert “You can not defend on the merchant ship”
Professor Shinkazu Wakabayashi, a graduate student of the Kobe University graduate school who is familiar with the operation of ships and security measures, said: “Commercial vessels in Japan used a guard to take measures against piracy. , like this time, it is impossible to prevent such armed attacks, and for Japan, which imports most of the resources, the Strait of Hormuz is a very terrifying situation because it can not be avoided.
In addition, with respect to the measures that will be required in the future, “the danger information in the port where loading and unloading has been emphasized up to now, but in the future it will be very important to know the dangers during the navigation. information and support the ship. “