• Kyodo News


A Japanese supertanker damaged in a suspected attack in the Strait of Hormuz in late July arrived Tuesday in Tokyo Bay, completing its voyage from the United Arab Emirates.

Government investigators were expected to board the 160,292-ton M. Star to check the damage, officials at the transport ministry said.

The tanker, operated by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. and registered in the Marshall Islands, sustained hull damage while sailing in the Strait of Hormuz on July 29 carrying crude oil from Fujairah port in Abu Dhabi.

Earlier, the UAE’s state-run news agency WAM reported that local explosives experts “found a dent on the starboard side above the waterline and remains of homemade explosives on the hull.”

Marshall Islands shipping authorities also reportedly suspected the vessel was the victim of a failed terrorist attack.

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