There have already been several attacks on oil tankers in the region. It is still unclear who is responsible for the shelling of the tanker in the port city of Jeddah.
An oil tanker was damaged in an attack in the Saudi Arabian port city of Jeddah. The tanker “BW Rhine” was hit by an “outside source,” Singapore-based shipping company Hafnia said Monday. There was “an explosion and a subsequent fire on board”. So there were no injuries.
According to the British Maritime Trade Bureau (UKMTO), the explosion took place outside Jeddah, a major Red Sea port and distribution center of Saudi oil giant Aramco, on Sunday. “Ships are urged to use extreme caution when passing through the area,” the agency wrote on its website. Officials in Saudi Arabia did not immediately confirm the explosion. No one has known about the incident so far.
November explosion on Greek tanker
It remained unclear whether any oil spilled into the Red Sea after the incident. However, the ship’s instruments indicated that the oil level on board was unchanged, Hafnia said. Hafnia, based in Singapore and Denmark, belongs to the BW Group shipping company and has one of the largest oil tanker fleets in the world.
Last month, an explosion hit a Greek tanker in the port of Al-Schukaik. The Riyadh-led military coalition fighting the Houthi rebels in Yemen blamed the latter for the incident.
Increases attacks on Saudi Arabian targets
The Houthi also said they fired a missile at an Aramco-operated plant in Jeddah. The Saudi state-owned company, the world’s largest crude oil exporter, reported that the attack pierced an oil tank and caused an explosion and fire. Recently, the rebels had stepped up their attacks on Saudi Arabian targets.
In Yemen, the Saudi Arabian-backed government is fighting the Shia Houthi rebels, backed by Iran. Riyadh has repeatedly accused Tehran of supplying advanced weapons to the Houthis, which Iran denies.
Since 2014, tens of thousands of people have been killed in the conflict in Yemen. According to the United Nations, it is the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.