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US Navy ship collides with oil tanker in Gulf

Last Updated: Sunday, August 12, 2012 - 16:48

Manama: The US Navy says one of its guided-missile destroyers collided with an oil tanker early on Sunday but that no one was injured in the accident.

The collision involving the USS Porter and the Panamanian-flagged bulk oil tanker M/V Otowasan occurred at approximately 1 am local time, the US Navy said in a statement.

The damage to the Porter is being evaluated and the incident is under investigation, the Navy added.

The USS Porter is on a scheduled deployment to the US 5th Fleet, which is based in Bahrain.

The Strait of Hormuz, located at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, is where one-fifth of the world`s oil is routed.

Tensions have risen there over Iran`s threats to block tanker traffic in retaliation for tighter sanctions by the West.


First Published: Sunday, August 12, 2012 - 16:48

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