Posted on June 13, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Two tankers have been involved in an attack in the Gulf of Oman during the morning hours of June the 13th and had to be evacuated.
The attacks occurred at approximately 06:12 am and 07:00 am LT on Thursday morning, and took place some 70 nautical miles off Fujairah and about 14 nm off Iran.
The first vessel that was attacked has been identified as the Marshall Islands-flagged Crude Oil Tanker, MT FRONT ALTAIR while the second vessel is the Panama-flagged Oil Tanker, KOKUKA COURAGEOUS.
Allegedly, the MT Front Altair, which is owned by the Norwegian company Frontline, was struck by a torpedo.
According to a statement by the company, following the surface attack, an enormous fire blazed through the vessel, forcing the crew to abandon ship. Thankfully, the crew of 23 seafarers onboard the vessel was picked up by the Marshall Islands-flagged General Cargo Ship, Hyundai Dubai that had been operating in the area.
According to Reuters, the second vessel, Kokuka Courageous, which is owned by Bernhard Schulte, was hit with either a magnetic mine, or a torpedo.
In a statement by Bernard Schulte, the company revealed that the vessel has experienced a breach, just above the water line on the starboard side.
The statement went on to say that as a result of the attack, a fire had erupted in the engine room and that some minor injuries were reported. The ship was then evacuated as a precautionary measure.
According to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), following the attack an Iranian Search & Rescue team evacuated 44 sailors from the tankers.
As a result of the attacks, the price of crude oil rose to over $61 signifying a 2.3% increase.
The MT Front Altair had been loaded with oil in Abu Dhabi and was headed for Kaohsiung, Taiwan, whereas the Kokuka Courageous had departed from Saudi Arabia’s Al Jubail and was headed for Singapore.