Two oil tankers, the Norwegian Front Altair and the Japanese-operated Kokuka Courageous have been broken in a suspected assault within the Gulf of Oman on Thursday a month after the same incident within the area.
The Front Altair was en route from Ruwais within the United Arab Emirates to Taiwan. It was attacked at 5:00 am, 25 miles from the Iranian port of Jask. Fire broke out on the tanker carrying 75,00zero tonnes of naphta. The crew comprised 11 Russians, 11 Filipinos and one Georgian and all have been unhurt.
The Kokuka Courageous was carrying methanol from Saudi Arabia to Singapore. The assault breached the hull and the engine room caught fireplace because the tanker was crusing at about 28 miles from Jask. One crew member was injured. 21 crew had deserted ship after the accident. Japanese transport firm Kokuka Sangyo, proprietor of the Kokuka Courageous, confirmed its ship had been attacked. Company president Yutaka Katada advised reporters that the vessel had been hit twice inside three hours earlier than all sailors have been evacuated.
Iranian search and rescue groups picked up 44 sailors from the 2 tankers and took them to Jask and a few of them got medical assist. The US navy is offering help, saying it was conscious of the reported assault and had obtained “two separate misery calls”.
According to Euronews, Dr Ian Black, Senior Visiting Fellow, Middle East Centre, London School of Economics described the accident as probably very critical.
“It’s the second suspected assault in a month, on the planet’s busiest transport lane by way of oil, towards a background of escalating tensions between Iran on the Eastern facet of the Persian Gulf and the United States, and naturally the Arab nations – Saudi Arabia, the Emirates and so forth – on the opposite facet of the Gulf,” he stated.
“So there’s a number of rigidity there and the eye that is getting, this incident, is exactly a measure of that – the concern that it could escalate into one thing much more harmful.”
(Source: Euronews/Sky News)
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