Japanese Tanker Explosion

Jul 28, 10 Japanese Tanker Explosion

tankerAn explosion damaged a Japanese oil tanker earlier today near the mouth of the Persian Gulf. Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K Lines stated that the explosion possibly an attack caused a major injury but luckily there is no leak

The ship was damaged due to “an explosion from a suspected attack from the outside” in the waters off Oman, near the strategically important Strait of Hormuz.spill-location

The tanker, loaded with 270,000 tons of oil, was heading from Das island in the United Arab Emirates to the Japanese port of Chiba outside Tokyo.

The strait which is the transit point for almost half of oil shipped by tankers worldwide leads into the Persian Gulf.

“We believe it’s highly likely an attack,” Mitsui spokeswoman Eiko Mizuno said. “There is nothing that can explode in that part of the vessel.”

She said a crew member noticed a flash of light right before the explosion, raising the possibility of an attack.

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