Iran's HELM oil tanker, one of the biggest vessels of its kind in the world, broke down on Wednesday about 120 km (75 miles) from the Saudi port of Yanbu, ONA reports citing Sputnik.
A technical malfunction occurred on board the HELM, an oil tanker owned by the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC), in the Red Sea off the coast of Saudi Arabia.
“The ship’s crew are fixing the defect and the vessel is in a stable condition from a safety standpoint. Fortunately, the ship’s crew are in a safe condition,” Akbar Jabal-Ameli, said as quoted by the media outlet IRNA.
The HELM has been subject to US sanctions. Iran has one of the largest tanker fleets in the world.
Earlier, US Special Envoy for Iran Brian Hook said that Washington has called on all countries to ban Iranian oil tankers from their ports and not grant them passage.