Saudi Arabia affirms commitment to navigation security after receiving distress call from Iranian tanker

Saudi Arabia affirms commitment to navigation security after receiving distress call from Iranian tanker
Iranian oil tanker Sabiti traveling through the Red Sea Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. (SHANA/AP)
Updated 13 October 2019

Saudi Arabia affirms commitment to navigation security after receiving distress call from Iranian tanker

Saudi Arabia affirms commitment to navigation security after receiving distress call from Iranian tanker
  • Saudi Arabia affirms its commitment to the security and safety of navigation and international laws
  • Kingdom received distress message from damaged Iranian tanker but it switched off transponder before assistance could be provided

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia affirmed its commitment to the security and safety of navigation and international laws on Saturday after it received a distress message on Friday from a damaged Iranian tanker in the Red Sea. 

Saudi Arabia said it received a distress message on Friday from the damaged Iranian tanker Sabiti but the vessel kept moving and switched off its transponder before it could provide assistance, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported. 
The Sabiti tanker did not respond to many communications from the Saudi authorities, SPA said. 

The Saudi Border Guards said that the Iranian tanker Sabiti's bow was damaged, and that this resulted in an oil spill.