Saudi Arabia: Oil Tanker Catches Fire After Hit By Explosion At Jeddah Port

Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

14th Dec, 2020. 08:23 pm
Saudi Arabia: Oil Tanker Catches Fire After Hit By Explosion At Jeddah Port

An attack on an oil tanker near the port of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, has been reported, setting the oil tanker on fire.

The Saudi Press Agency quoted an energy ministry source as saying that the ship was attacked on Monday morning by a toy boat loaded with explosives. At the time, the ship was docked at the Jeddah port for refuelling.

Firefighters and security units have brought the situation under control. No one was injured or killed in the incident. There was no damage at the refuelling site and no damage to the oil supply, the agency said.

No one has claimed responsibility for the alleged attack, but it is being called an operation by Houthi militias in the wake of recent attacks on oil installations in Saudi Arabia.

The oil tanker is owned by Hafnia, a Singapore-based shipping company whose owner says its oil tanker was attacked off the coast of Jeddah.

The owner of the oil tanker, BW Rhine, added that his oil tanker had been attacked externally, after which the oil tanker exploded and caught fire.

The oil tanker has 22 occupants who survived the attack as firefighters and tugboats from the beach responded to the blaze.

However, Saudi officials have not yet issued a statement regarding the explosion on the oil tanker.

The port of Jeddah is considered by Saudi oil company Aramco to be an important coastal destination for oil imports from around the world. It is possible that some oil spilt after the blast, but this could not be confirmed.

A London maritime intelligence firm has also confirmed the blast at the port of Jeddah.

The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) naval authority said an unnamed tanker had experienced an explosion in Jeddah, and that there were also unconfirmed reports that a second vessel was involved.

The UKMTO added that Jeddah’s port had been closed, but the Saudi Ports Authority did not publicly confirm the closure.

It should be noted that a few days ago, an oil tanker was hit by a missile at a Saudi port, but due to timely action, the fire was stopped from spreading. This saved the oil installations from major damage.

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