The victim is a tanker ship carrying over 5,000 metric tons of ethanol. As it was approaching Cyprus's shoreline during the night, the ship lost its GPS fix, making navigation challenging, especially in unfamiliar waters and in the dark.
According to sources, the captain of the ship alerted the pilots' office at the oil terminal.
This anomaly in GPS is quite usual around Cyprus. The country has experienced significant GPS disruptions for at least the two years preceeding the incident, making it a representative case in the broader global challenge of intentional interference with vital navigation systems.