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.