Over the last week, there have been no shortage of theories and often contradictory claims about what caused the damage to the hull and deck house of the MOL tanker M. Star while transiting the Straits of Hormuz. The initial suggestion by a port official in the United Arab Emirates that the ship was hit by a freak wave has been largely discounted. Likewise the claim by an Iranian marine authority that the explosion was do “tank overheating”, does not appear consistent with the damage to the ship. Other theories have included a collision, possibly with a submarine, a grenade and sea mine. Recently there has been speculation that the damage was caused by a waterborne improvised explosive device.
Recently, Abdullah Azzam Brigades, a group associated with Al Qaeda, has claimed responsibility for an attack on the ship. Some analysts have expressed skepticism as the group has made questionable claims in the past. The investigation continues.