A blast had occurred on Sunday on a ship off the port city of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, media reported citing the United Kingdom Marina Trade Operations (UKMTO).
UKMTO said on Sunday in an incident notice that,
“UKMTO is aware an MT has experienced an explosion … whist carrying out operations. Investigations are ongoing”.
As per the shipping firm, the blast on the tanker was occurred by a “hit from an external source.”
TankerTrackers.com said on Twitter that it had identified the vessel as a bunkering tanker, however, the explosion had not affected the impact on crude oil exports.
Reported explosion in the anchorage of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. We identified the vessel based on the stated coordinates. This is a bunkering tanker which fuels other vessels. No real impact on crude oil exports. #OOTT pic.twitter.com/1e4EoV5Hi1
— TankerTrackers.com, Inc.⚓️🛢 (@TankerTrackers) December 14, 2020
It is still unclear whether the ship is the Dominican flagged M/T Desert Rose or the Saudi flagged bunkering vessel Al Amal Al Saudi.
It is pertinent to mention here that the Saudi media had still not reported the incident.
The Saudi-led coalition’s forces intercepted and destroyed a drone filled with explosives, on December 4, launched on Saudi Arabia’s territory. According to KSA, Houthi rebels were behind the attack.