Another planned attack on a ship in the Gulf has been thwarted after crew on the Dynacom-owned 149,996dwt tanker Pola was spotted during a ship to ship transfer of cargo.
In a statement on its website Dynacom Tankers confirmed that on December 31, 2020 at approximately 0500 hours UTC, a suspicious object was observed attached to the hull of its vessel the Pola (IMO 9493767) as she was discharging her cargo during a ship to ship operation in Kaz anchorage, Iraq.
In line with standard procedures and ISPS protocols, all crew members were mustered, and port and local authorities were informed.
The statement goes on to say that the object was removed by the Iraqi Navy on 2 January 2021.
All crew members remain safe and well, and the vessel remains in full working order. All necessary notifications have been made.
At the time the mine was discovered, the Pola which has been used for floating storage since November was transferring cargo to the Nordic Freedom owned by Nordic American Tankers.