Gulf of Oman ‘tanker blasts’: Crews rescued safely

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Fireplace broke out on the Entrance Altair after the explosion, its proprietor stated

Dozens of crew members have been rescued after abandoning two oil tankers reportedly hit by explosions within the Gulf of Oman.

Ship operators stated 21 crew on board the Kokuka Brave and 23 on the Entrance Altair had been evacuated.

Iran rescued the 44 after an “accident”, state media stated, though the trigger is unconfirmed. The US Navy stated it acquired two misery calls.

The incident comes a month after 4 oil tankers had been attacked off the UAE.

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The United Arab Emirates blamed an unnamed “state actor” for these assaults, which concerned naval mines. The US stated Iran was behind the assaults, an accusation Tehran denied.

The assaults elevated long-standing tensions between Iran and the US and its allies within the Gulf.

Oil costs rose as a lot as three.9% from a close to five-month low following Thursday’s incident, Bloomberg studies.

Josh Frey, of the fifth Fleet, based mostly in Bahrain, stated in an announcement: “US naval forces within the area acquired two separate misery calls at 06:12 native time (03:12 GMT) and a second one at 07:00.”

He stated the usBainbridge was aiding.

The UK Royal Navy-linked UK Maritime Commerce Operations (UKMTO) security group earlier issued a warning, urging “excessive warning” within the space.

Iran’s IRIB information company tweeted a picture of what it stated was the ablaze Entrance Altair, though the image has not been independently verified:

Wu I-fang, a spokesman for Taiwan’s state oil refiner CPC Corp, which chartered the Entrance Altair, stated it was carrying 75,00zero tonnes of naphtha and was “suspected of being hit by a torpedo”, though this has not been confirmed.

He stated all of the crew had been rescued from the Marshall Islands-flagged vessel. The ship’s proprietor, Norwegian agency Frontline, stated the vessel was on hearth.

The operator of the Panama-flagged Kokuka Brave, BSM Ship Administration, stated its crew deserted ship and had been rescued by a passing vessel.

The tanker was carrying methanol and was not in peril of sinking, a spokesman stated. It’s presently positioned about 80 miles from Fujairah within the UAE and 16 miles from Iran.

The US below President Donald Trump has taken a tough line in direction of Iran, accusing it of being a destabilising pressure within the Center East.

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The US despatched an plane provider strike group and B-52 bombers to the area firstly of Might in response to what it stated was an unspecified plan by Iran-backed forces to assault US forces within the space.

Iran has rejected the claims and has accused the US of aggressive behaviour.

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