Suspected attacks on tankers in Gulf of Oman: 10 points


Suspected attacks on tankers in Gulf of Oman: 10 points

The US Navy's 5th Fleet says it is assisting two oil tankers targeted in the Gulf of Oman.

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Published: Thu 13 Jun 2019, 1:17 PM

Last updated: Thu 13 Jun 2019, 3:53 PM

Here is the latest on suspected attacks on two tankers on Thursday in the Gulf of Oman:
* Panama-listed tanker Kokuka Courageous was damaged in a "suspected attack" that breached the hull above the water line, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement said.
* All crew are reported safe with one minor injury, the company said.
* There had been an engine room fire on the tanker, which was carrying a cargo of methanol from Saudi Arabia to Singapore.
* A second ship, the Front Altair, was "suspected of being hit by a torpedo" at around 0400 GMT, said Taiwanese refiner CPC Corp, which had chartered the vessel.
* The Aframax-class tanker loaded with 75,000 tonnes of naphtha was on fire, said Norwegian owner Frontline.
* It was travelling to Taiwan, according to trade sources and Refinitiv Eikon data.
*  Japan's Trade Ministry says the oil tankers carried "Japan-related" cargo.
* A UK maritime safety group urged "extreme caution" and put out the alert but did not elaborate on the incident. It said it was investigating.
* The Bahrain-based US Navy Fifth Fleet said it was assisting after receiving distress calls.

* Oil prices surged by 4% on the news.

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