Iran attack: Alpine Eternity moved to Dubai Drydocks
The chemical oil tanker owned and operated by Transpetrol, which was fired upon by Iranian naval vessels last week, has been moved from Jebel Ali to Dubai Drydocks.
A spokesperson for the ship’s UK-based owners Pat Adamson, said that she had been moved from Jebel Ali Port to Dubai Drydocks on Monday as it was a “better anchorage” for the vessel.
An official at DP World who preferred not to be named told Maritime & Ports Middle East that Jebel Ali Port does not allow long-term anchorage do to the risk of congestion.
Adamson also denied rumours that the ship had been moved to Dubai Drydocks for repairs following the encounter with Iranian naval vessels.
“There are some marks on the ship where small arms fire struck her, but it does not require repair, just a touch up to the paint,” he said.
Alpine Eternity was en-route from Hidd in Bahrain to the UAE port of Fujairah on May 14th when she was surrounded by Iranian patrol craft, according to her owners.
A statement from Transpetrol indicated that the ship "was attacked by a number of small craft," which first fired warning shots and issued calls ordering the ship to stop, before directly firing on the vessel when her captain increased speed and made for UAE waters.
The UAE Coastguard responded to a distress call issued by the ship, prompting the Iranian vessels to break off pursuit, according to reports.
Iranian authorities accuse Alpine Eternity of fleeing following a March 22nd incident in which she struck an oil installation, causing serious damage to both the platform and the vessel.
Transpetrol in a statement said that the submerged structure the ship hit was "previously uncharted" and that they have been in continuous dialogue with the owners of the platform.
Adamson told Maritime & Ports that the company is unable to understand why Iran would fire on the ship given the “advanced” nature of talks between Transpetrol and the Iranian company that owns the platform.
It is unclear when Alpine Eternity will be able to leave UAE waters given the threat posed by Iran, Transpetrol has indicated that their hands are tied in terms of paying damages because of the sanctions imposed on Iran by the US, UK and European Union.