Israel investigates possible attack on cargo ship

Crew of the 'CSAV Tyndall' unharmed, with vessel now in waters off UAE coast

A View shows the port and the city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia taken on November 30, 2008. (Salah Malkawi/ The National)

Israel is investigating whether Iran is behind a possible attack on a cargo ship travelling from Jeddah in Saudi Arabia to the UAE on Saturday, according to Israeli media.

The crew of the CSAV Tyndall was not hurt and the ship continued on its journey after the incident, Israel's N12 Television News reported. Lebanese pro-Iranian TV channel Al Mayadeen had reported the incident earlier.

The CSAV Tyndall was previously part of the Zodiac Maritime fleet, a shipping company in London owned by Israeli tycoon Eyal Ofer.

A source familiar with Zodiac Maritime said the company had sold a vessel called the CSAV Tyndall several months ago.

Ship-tracking data from the Refinitiv Eikon platform showed the CSAV Tyndall container ship, which sails under a Liberian flag, was last docked in Jeddah and was now off the coast of Dubai.

Iranian media widely reported the attack, citing Al Mayadeen, which was among the first news outlets to report an attack on a commercial vessel owned by an Israeli company in April.

Updated: July 4th 2021, 5:51 AM