According to Israel’s Ynet news website, the ship, sailing under a Liberian flag, did not sustain serious damage.
Israeli broadcaster Channel 12 news reported the ship is owned by XT Management, based in the port city of Haifa.
No officials from the company were available for comment as of this afternoon, while Israeli government officials declined to comment.
The incident comes a month after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed Iran for an explosion aboard an Israeli-owned ship in the Gulf of Oman.
The vehicle-carrier MV Helios Ray was hit between the night of Feb 25 and morning of Feb. 26 by a blast above the water line which a US official said ripped holes in both sides of its hull.
An Israeli official said limpet mines were used.
However, Saeed Khatibzadeh, spokesman for the Foreign Ministry in Tehran, denied his country was involved, saying: “We strongly reject this accusation.”
Speaking earlier this week, Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei launched a scathing attack on the US, saying it “did not trust” Washington’s promises on lifting sanctions and will only return to its commitments under a 2015 nuclear deal once Washington fully removes the measures.
The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden is exploring ways to restore the 2015 nuclear deal that Iran signed with major world powers, but which was abandoned in 2018 by President Donald Trump, who reimposed sanctions. Iran retaliated by breaching the terms of the accord in a step-by-step response.
The United States and the other Western powers that signed up to the 2015 deal appear to be at odds with Tehran over which side should return to the accord first, making it unlikely that USsanctions which have crippled Iran’s economy can be quickly removed.
Mr Khamanei said during a speech on state television: “We trusted America at the time of former US President Barack Obama and fulfilled our commitments. But they didn’t.”
He added: “The Americans said on paper that sanctions will be lifted, but they didn’t lift sanctions in practice.
“Their promises have no credibility for us.
“On paper they said the sanctions were lifted but they told any company that wanted to sign a contract with us that this was dangerous and risky. They scared away investors.”
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