Oil tanker at Jebel Ali Port catches fire, no casualties reported

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Dubai’s port operator says an oil tanker is on fire after striking a container ship in a shipping channel at the city’s Jebel Ali Port.

By (AP)

Published: Tue 10 Feb 2009, 3:50 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 9:37 AM

Fire crews are trying to battle the blaze, which has been raging for several hours, and tug boats are trying to clear the channel in order to prevent congestion.

DP World spokeswoman Sarah Lockie says no casualties have been reported. Authorities have been alerted.

Clouds of smoke could be seen rising from the area of Tuesday’s collision. The port is on the southwestern end of the city, in the direction of Abu Dhabi.

The other ship, a small-sized feeder ship laden with containers, was heading out of the port at the time of collision. There was no fire onboard this ship, the spokesman said.

The oil tanker was heading into the port at the time of the collision.

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