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WorldOil tankers on fire after 'torpedo' attack in Gulf of Oman

17:30  13 june  2019
17:30  13 june  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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US Navy assisting 2 tankers targeted in Gulf of Oman Two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, were reportedly attacked on Thursday, the U.S. Navy said, with one adrift and on fire amid heightened tensions between Washington and Tehran and a high-stakes visit by the Japanese prime minister to Iran. 

On June 13, 2019, two oil tankers were attacked near the Strait of Hormuz while they transited the Gulf of Oman . The Japanese Kokuka Courageous and Norwegian Front Altair were attacked

Iran says it has rescued dozens of sailors from two oil tankers that were reportedly attacked in the Gulf of Oman off the UAE coast on Thursday. One of the vessels was allegedly hit by a torpedo . Tehran has said 44 crew members of oil tankers , identified as the Marshall Islands-flagged Front

Two oil tankers have caught fire after being attacked in the Gulf of Oman.

Oil tankers on fire after 'torpedo' attack in Gulf of Oman© Other The fire on board one of the ships - believed to be the Front Altair

Taiwan's state oil refiner CPC Corp said one of them, the Front Altair, was "suspected of being hit by a torpedo".

Maritime intelligence firm Dryad Global said it was "on fire and adrift".

The fire was caused by an explosion, International Tanker Management, which operates the vessel said.

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Two tankers were attacked in the Gulf of Oman , less than a month after four other ships were struck in the region. The two ships -- one carrying oil and the

Two oil tankers have been attacked in the Gulf of Oman , leaving one ablaze and both adrift, raising regional tensions a month after a similar CPC said the boat had suffered a suspected torpedo attack but other reports suggested a mine attack was more likely. The vessel was on fire but afloat

Oil tanker association Intertanko confirmed the ships had been attacked, and expressed concerns about crew safety.

"Following two attacks on member vessels this morning, I am extremely worried about the safety of our crews going through the Strait of Hormuz," Intertanko chairman Paolo dAmico said.

Oil tankers on fire after 'torpedo' attack in Gulf of Oman© Getty Flames and smoke billow from what is believed to be the Front Altair

The Gulf of Oman leads into the Strait of Hormuz.

Mr dAmico added that "some 30% of the world's (seaborne) crude oil passes through the Straits.

"If the waters are becoming unsafe, the supply to the entire western world could be at risk."

All major Gulf stock markets dropped following the news, and oil prices rose by about 4%.

Iran's Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported that the Front Altair had sunk.

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TOKYO — One of the tankers that were attacked in the Gulf of Oman was struck by a flying “There is zero possibility that they were torpedoes ,” he added. The semiofficial Iranian Students News Agency released video that appears to show an oil tanker on fire in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday.

behind attacks on two oil tankers which caught fire in the Gulf of Oman . One of the tankers , the Front Altair, was "suspected of being hit by a torpedo ", Taiwan's state oil refiner CPC Corp said. Image: One of the oil tankers after it was attacked . The other tanker - Kokuka Courageous - was

Oil tankers on fire after 'torpedo' attack in Gulf of Oman© Other Black smoke rising from one of the tankers. Pic: Press TV

But Norwegian shipping firm Frontline said it was still afloat.

"The vessel hasn't sunk," company spokesman Pat Adamson said. "There are pictures from a salvage vessel that is circling the ship."

The other tanker - Kokuka Courageous - was attacked twice in three hours, the president of Japanese owner Kokuka Sangyo told reporters, and breached above the waterline, igniting a fire in an engine room.

This latest incident follows allegations from the US that Iran used mines to attack four oil tankers off the Emirati port of Fujairah last month. Iran has denied being involved.

Oil tankers on fire after 'torpedo' attack in Gulf of Oman© N/A One of the ships involved - the Front Altair. Pic: Marine Traffic

The UK is urgently seeking to establish the facts, the prime minister's spokesman said.

United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations - part of the Royal Navy - said it was investigating.

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An oil tanker is on fire after an apparent attack in the Gulf of Oman . The US earlier in June accused Iran of attacking four oil tankers with limpet mines, but Iran denies the charge. The Gulf of Oman leads to the Strait of Hormuz, a waterway shared by Iran and Oman through which a third of

Attacks on two oil tankers on Thursday in the Gulf of Oman left one ablaze and both adrift, shipping firms said. The attacks driving oil prices up 4% over worries # OilTankers #TorpedoHitsOilTanker #TorpedoOilTanker Oil Tankers EXPLODE into FIRE after being Hit by Torpedo in Sea of Oman ! oil

Both vessels were carrying "Japan-related" cargo, Japan's Trade Ministry said.

Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, called for regional talks after describing the incidents as "suspicious".

Mr Zarif tweeted that "reported attacks on Japan-related" tankers had taken place while Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was meeting Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei "for extensive and friendly talks".

He added: "Suspicious doesn't begin to describe what likely transpired this morning."

Fire broke out on the Front Altair, which was heading from Qatar to Taiwan, about 25 miles from the Iranian port of Jask, IRNA said.

It was carrying 75,000 tonnes of a liquid hydrocarbon mixture called naphtha when it was attacked at 5am UK time, CPC Corp said. The cargo's value is estimated at $30m (23.7m).

Petrochemical division CEO, Wu I-Fang, said all 23 crew had been rescued.

The Kokuka Courageous was carrying methanol.

It sustained damage to its starboard hull, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement said, following a "suspected attack" that breached the hull.

The engine room fire is said to have broken out about 28 miles from Jask.

One crew member was slightly injured.

Iranian search and rescue teams picked up 44 sailors from the two tankers and took them to Jask, IRNA reported.

Another Iranian news agency, Fars, said some of them were given medical help.

The US navy is providing assistance, saying it was "aware of the reported attack" and had received "two separate distress calls".

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