An oil tanker exploded off the coast of the Saudi port city of Jeddah and caught fire. Oil transport company Hafnia said 22 sailors aboard the Singapore-flagged BW Rhine on Monday were able to pull out safely after being struck by an unknown “external source”. However, the company warned that some oil may have leaked and spread due to the explosion. Qatar-based Al Jazeera reports.
On 25 November, another oil tanker was attacked at the port of Shuik in Saudi Arabia. Saudi authorities have blamed the Yemeni Houthi rebels for the attack. A military coalition led by Saudi has been fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen for years. However, the Houthi rebels have not claimed responsibility for Monday’s attack.
A statement from shipping company Hafnia said on Monday that the BW Rhine tanker was attacked as it was leaving the Jeddah port. It then exploded and caught fire. The tanker crew succeeded in extinguishing the fire but the tanker was partially damaged.
On 6 December, a BW Rhine tanker loaded 60,000 tons of gasoline from the port of Yanbu in Saudi Arabia. The tanker is currently 84 percent full, according to the Shipping Information Supervisor Refinery.