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44 sailors rescued after 2 tankers were ‘reportedly attacked’ in Gulf of Oman

إنقاذ 44 بحارا من طاقم ناقلتي النفط في بحر عُمان

Iran rescued dozens of sailors from oil tankers that were reportedly attacked in the Gulf of Oman off the UAE coast, according to IRNA. One of the vessels was allegedly targeted by a torpedo, reports said.
The rescue ship evacuated 44 crew members from the tankers in distress, bringing them to safety to the city of Jask in the southern Hormozgan Province, IRNA reported, citing an informed source.

The oil tankers, identified by Reuters as the Marshall Islands-flagged Front Altair and the Panama-flagged Kokuka Courageous, have been evacuated following suspected attacks in the Gulf of Oman. A report by shipping newspaper TradeWinds claimed that the Norwegian tanker (Front Altair) was hit by a torpedo off the UAE coast.

Images posted by Tasnim News Agency apparently show one of the vessels with a huge plume of smoke rising in the air.

Details about the incidents are still unclear, but it is known that the tankers sent distress signals to ports and vessels in the vicinity. Iranian rescuers were first to reach the ships, local media reported.

Kokura’s manager said the tanker was damaged on its hull in a security incident in which one crew member was slightly injured. Iran’s Al-Alam television network reported two explosions were heard in the Sea of Oman Thursday morning, Press TV reports.

Meanwhile, the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations said it was aware of an incident in the Gulf and urged “extreme caution.” The US Fifth Fleet for its part also announced two oil tankers were damaged in an incident near the Strait of Hormuz and that one of the ships’ operators described as a suspected attack, Bloomberg reports.

“US Naval Forces in the region received two separate distress calls at 6:12a.m. local time and a second one at 7:00 am,” Joshua Frey of the Fifth Fleet said.

Oman has confirmed there has been an explosion on board the Front Altair, the Norwegian-owned tanker, according to Dagbladet newspaper. Nasser Selim, spokesman for the Omani Coast Guard, told the paper that the incident occurred in Iranian waters, and that Oman is in touch with Iran about this.

The latest reports also say the vessel has now sunk.

source: rt.com

ذكرت وكالة الأنباء الإيرانية الرسمية أن السفن الإيرانية أنقذت 44 بحارا أجنبيا بعد تعرض ناقلتي نفط لهجوم ببحر عُمان.

وأضافت أنه تم نقل البحارة الأجانب إلى ميناء جاسك الإيراني بعد إنقاذهم.

وتعرضت ناقلتي نفط في بحر عمان لانفجار صباح اليوم، دون معرفة أسبابه حتى كتابة هذه السطور.

والناقلتان كانتا تحملان النفط الخام من السعودية والإمارات.

وأعلنت مصادر محلية في سلطنة عُمان صباح الخميس، سماع دوي انفجارين كبيرين بصورة متتالية داخل مياه بحر عُمان.

بدورها، قالت وكالة “أسوشييتد برس” إن مجموعة بريطانية للسلامة البحرية تدعو إلى توخي “الحذر الشديد” بعد حادث غير محدد في بحر عمان.

وقالت وكالة بلومبيرغ إن إحدى الناقلتين اللتين شب فيهما الحريق نرويجية وكانت تحمل النفط من أبوظبي وفق معلومات أولية.

وأشارت “بلومبيرغ” إلى ارتفاع أسعار النفط بواقع دولارين بنسبة 4.5 في المائة ليصل سعر البرميل إلى 61 دولارا.

وذكرت أن إحدى الناقلتين اللتين شب فيهما الحريق نرويجية وكانت تحمل النفط من أبوظبي أما ناقلة النفط الثانية “كاريدجس” كانت في طريقها من الجبيل بالسعودية لسنغافورة وكانت محملة بشحنة ميثانول

وأفاد مصدر مطلع لوكالة الأنباء الإيرانية الرسمية أن سفن إيرانية تنقذ بحارة ناقلتي النفط اللتين تعرضتا للهجوم ببحر عمان.

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