Iranian naval forces have rescued an Iranian oil tanker from an attack by a group of pirates approximately 20 nautical miles off Oman’s Masirah Island.
On Sunday, two pirate speedboats
attacked and tried to hijack an Iranian oil tanker but the Iranian Navy
intervened and forced the pirates to flee the scene.
The Iranian Navy has been conducting anti-piracy patrols
in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008 to safeguard the vessels
involved in maritime trade, especially the ships and oil tankers owned
or leased by Iran.
The Gulf of Aden, which links the Indian Ocean with the Suez Canal
and the Mediterranean Sea, is the quickest route for thousands of
vessels traveling annually between Asia, Europe and the Americas.
However, attacks by heavily armed Somali pirates on speedboats have
prompted some of the world's largest shipping firms to switch routes
from the Suez Canal and reroute cargo vessels around southern Africa,
leading to climbing shipping costs.