Blast onboard Japanese supertanker in vital Hormuz Straits
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Last Updated: Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 18:44
  
Dubai: A Japanese oil tanker was damaged by an explosion while exiting the Straits of Hormuz, with the ship's owners claiming that the vessel was attacked, but the incident did not affect traffic in the vital Gulf.

The explosion came as a surprise to authorities as the Persian Gulf has so far not been affected by Somali pirates, who operate in the nearby Red Sea.

The US navy's fifth fleet said the Straits of Hormuz, through which 40 per cent of the world's oil passes, has remained open for safe navigation and the sea lanes were open.

The fifth fleet spokesman said the cause of the explosion was being investigated.

The blast onboard the M-Star supertanker happened shortly after midnight and the ship's owners Mitsui O.s.k. Lines said a life boat was blown off the giant ship and there was damage on the starboard side.

The US navy had offered to help the tanker, but the crew said that they had rectified the damage, and it was sailing on its own steam.

The Straits of Hormuz is less than 100 kms wide and separates Oman from Iran.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 18:44


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