Two oil tankers attacked in Gulf of Oman

Two oil tankers attacked in Gulf of Oman

13.6.2019

Two oil tankers attacked in Gulf of Oman

The crews have been evacuated, one operator suspects its ship hit by a torpedo.

The Bahrain-based US Navy Fifth Fleet said it was assisting the tankers after receiving distress calls following “reported attacks”. The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations, part of the Royal Navy, said it was investigating.

The Gulf of Oman lies at the entrance to the Strait of Hormuz, a major strategic waterway through which a fifth of global oil consumption passes from Middle East producers.

On Thursday Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement said tanker

“The ship is safely afloat,” it said in a statement.

, carrying 75,000 tonnes of naphtha was “suspected of being hit by a torpedo.” The vessel, owned by Norway’s Frontline, had loaded naphtha, a petrochemical feedstock, from Ruwais in the UAE, according to trade sources and shipping data on Refinitiv Eikon.

One shipping broker said there had been an explosion “suspected from an outside attack” that may have involved a magnetic mine on the

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