The Helios Ray car carrier is now docked at Dubai’s Port Rashid. The ship is owned by Helios, an Israeli company registered in the Isle of Man.
It was bound for Singapore having picked up cars in Saudi Arabia when the explosions occurred, forcing it to head back towards Dubai. Photos collated by security consultants Ambrey Intelligence show plenty of damage below deck.
Israeli defence minister Benny Gantz said on Saturday: “The location of the ship in relative close proximity to Iran raises the belief that Iran was responsible, but it must still be verified.”
Iran has not commented on the incident. Shipping has been hit by a string of explosions in or near the Strait of Hormuz over the past two years.