Front Altair fire June 13 Gulf of Oman

An oil tanker is on fire after it was hit by apparent attacks in the Gulf of Oman.
Front Altair, a tanker owned by Norwegian company Frontline, is on, but the company said that the crew is safe.
The company which chartered the ship said it was “suspected of being hit by a torpedo.”
A second tanker, also subject to a “suspected attack,” has been evacuated.

A photo shows an oil tanker on fire off the coast of Iran after two oil tankers in the region were hit by unexplained attacks.

The image, published by Iranian state media, shows the burning Front Altair, a tanker owned by Norwegian company Frontline.

Frontline told Reuters on Thursday that the shop was on fire but that its crew had been rescued. It denied reports that the ship sank.

Taiwan’s state oil refiner CPC, which had chartered the ship, said that it was “suspected of being hit by a torpedo.”

Bernhard Schulte ship management also told Reuters that a second tanker, the Kokuka Courageous was damaged, in a “suspected attack.”

The unexplained blast breached the hull above the water line while transporting methanol from Saudi Arabia to Singapore.

Both ships have been evacuated.

A US Navy fleet said it was aware of a “reported attack” on the vessells after it recieved two separate distress calls. It said its ships are “in the area and rendering assistance.” Reuters reported that a part of the UK’s Royal Navy said it was investigating.

A source told Reuters that the Bernhard Schulte tanker may have been hit by a mine.

The US claimed earlier in June that Iran attacked four oil tankers with limpet mines, but Iran denies the charge.

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Source:: Business Insider


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