May 11, 2021

Explosion Rocks Singapore-Flagged Tanker Off Saudi Port



Explosion Rocks Singapore-Flagged Tanker Off Saudi Port

Hafnia reported “hull injury” within the blast, which struck simply after midnight on Monday.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia:

An explosion rocked a Singapore-flagged oil tanker off the Saudi port metropolis of Jeddah Monday, the vessel’s proprietor mentioned, within the newest in a sequence of assaults on power infrastructure within the kingdom.

No group has thus far claimed accountability for the blast on the tanker BW Rhine, nevertheless it comes as Iran-backed Huthi rebels in neighbouring Yemen step up cross-border assaults in opposition to Saudi targets in retaliation for a five-year navy marketing campaign led by Riyadh.

“BW Rhine has been hit from an exterior supply while discharging at Jeddah… inflicting an explosion and subsequent hearth onboard,” its proprietor, Singapore-based transport firm Hafnia, mentioned in an announcement.

“The crew have extinguished the fireplace with help from the shore hearth brigade and tug boats, and all 22 seafarers have been accounted for with no accidents,” it added.

Saudi authorities didn’t instantly affirm the blast off Jeddah, a key Pink Sea port and distribution centre for oil large Saudi Aramco.

Hafnia reported “hull injury” within the blast, which struck simply after midnight on Monday, and didn’t rule out the potential of an oil spill.

“It’s attainable that some oil has escaped from the vessel, however this has not been confirmed and instrumentation at present signifies that oil ranges on board are on the similar degree as earlier than the incident,” Hafnia mentioned.

Dryad International, a London-based maritime intelligence agency, additionally reported the newest explosion, saying it struck a vessel whereas “finishing up operations inside the principle tanker anchorage on the Saudi Aramco Jeddah port”.

Nevertheless it recognized the Dominican-flagged tanker Desert Rose or the Saudi-flagged Al Amal Al Saudi because the attainable targets.

Sequence of assaults

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The incident comes after an explosion final month rocked a Greek-operated oil tanker docked at Saudi Arabia’s southern port of Shuqaiq, an assault {that a} Riyadh-led navy coalition blamed on Yemen’s Huthi rebels.

No accidents have been reported in that blast on the Maltese-flagged Agrari tanker, in accordance with its Greece-based operator TMS Tankers.

Final month, the Huthi rebels mentioned they struck a plant operated by Saudi Aramco Jeddah with a Quds-2 missile. Aramco mentioned that strike tore a gap in an oil tank, triggering an explosion and hearth.

The incidents, which underscore the vulnerability of Saudi Arabia’s oil infrastructure, come because the Huthis escalate assaults on Saudi Arabia in retaliation for the navy marketing campaign in Yemen. 

Saudi Arabia is caught in a navy quagmire in Yemen, which has been locked in battle for the reason that rebels took management of the capital Sanaa in 2014 and went on to grab a lot of the north.

Riyadh led a coalition that intervened to assist the internationally recognised authorities the next yr, however the battle has proven no indicators of abating since.

Saudi Arabia has repeatedly accused regional rival Iran of supplying refined weapons to the Huthis, a cost Tehran denies.

Tens of 1000’s of individuals, largely civilians, have been killed and thousands and thousands displaced in Yemen’s struggle, which the United Nations has known as the world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe.

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