A Missing Saudi VLCC Finally Popped Up Again!

Published in Discoveries. ∼ Updated Jul 1, 2020

The Saudi VLCC supertanker ARSAN has just re-appeared on the satellite AIS map after the purported July 25th attack(s) off the coast of Yemen. Yes, she’s finally transponding her position again, after nearly 2 whole weeks spent offline.

The AIS trasponder was intentionally switched off, as a way to mask their position, to try reduce the risk of a further attack. We spotted her as she popped up in Jeddah after switching off on July 23rd, just prior to entering the Bab Al-Mandeb passage.

Needless to say; that’s a very long time for any vessel to remain offline.


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