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Two tankers attacked in Gulf of Oman

Old 13th Jun 2019, 08:22
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Two tankers attacked in Gulf of Oman

Sky reporting two tankers attacked in Gulf of Oman this morning. US 6th fleet responding in rescue operation.

Sky reporter states rumours are that they were torpedoed.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/928429...-of-oman-iran/

https://news.sky.com/story/two-oil-t...-oman-11740888
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Sky reporting two tankers attacked in Gulf of Oman this morning. US 6th fleet responding in rescue operation.
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Did not you mean the 5th fleet? 6th fleet operates in the Med, AFAIK.....
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Did not you mean the 5th fleet? 6th fleet operates in the Med, AFAIK.....
I think its the 5th fleet. Headquarters Bahrain(two seas).

Worrying development.
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Iranian TV reporting that 44 seaman from the two tankers have been taken to an Iranian port.

So it would seem the Iranians were in close proximity to the tankers and ready to act immediately after the attacks occurred.

It would also seem to indicate the tankers have been abandoned or sunk - pollution a major possibility.
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"Both vessels were carrying "Japan-related" cargo, Japan's Trade Ministry said"

Coinciding with Japanese PM visit to Tehran.
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At least one tanker has sunk, fully loaded with oil.

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-mi...-idUKKCN1TE0YT

Frontline says its Front Altair tanker on fire in Gulf of Oman - VG

OSLO (Reuters) - The Norwegian shipping firm Frontline confirmed on Thursday that its oil tanker Front Altair was on fire after an incident in the Gulf of Oman, Norwegian newspaper VG reported, quoting a company spokesman.

All 23 crew members were brought to safety at a nearby vessel, the spokesman added.






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Tanker reported as heading for Singapore.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-m...-idUSKCN1TE0UM

LONDON (Reuters) - The Kokuka Courageous tanker was damaged in a security incident in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday, a spokesman for the vessel’s manager BSM Ship Management (Singapore) said.

The spokesman said 21 crew had abandoned ship after the incident, which resulted in damage to the ship’s starboard hull. The master and crew were quickly rescued from a lifeboat by the Coastal Ace, a nearby vessel. One crew man from the Kokuka Courageous was slightly injured in the incident and received first aid on board the Coastal Ace.

“The Kokuka Courageous remains in the area and is not in any danger of sinking. The cargo of methanol is intact,” the spokesman said.

The vessel is about 70 nautical miles from Fujairah and about 14 nautical miles off Iran.


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Top news on Japan's NHK. Their methanol tanker (panama registered) is drifting crewless. They took two hits, (being reported as... artillery?) and the crew were afraid of sparks.
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https://www.devdiscourse.com/article...ts-authorities

The Norwegian tanker Front Altair was "attacked" Thursday in the Gulf of Oman, with three explosions but no injuries reported on board, the Norwegian Maritime Authority said. Another reported attack in the same zone targeted the vessel Kokuka Courageous, the authority said in a statement.

The Front Altair, a 111,000-tonne oil tanker, is currently ablaze and emergency crews are at the scene, it added. "Today, June 13 at 6:03 am, the Front Altair, a Marshall Islands-flagged vessel, was attacked between the Emirates and Iran," the statement said. “Three explosions on board the vessel were reported. The crew boarded a passing vessel and no injuries have been reported.".....

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Someone will benefit from a rise in the price of oil, but everyone else on the planet will lose out as a result of these attacks.
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Hyundai Dubai Got the crew from the two tankers.

https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais...713604/zoom:10
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Originally Posted by AnglianAV8R View Post
"Both vessels were carrying "Japan-related" cargo, Japan's Trade Ministry said"

Coinciding with Japanese PM visit to Tehran.

Could of course be an unfortunate co-incidence

But who benefits from stirring it up at this point..............

An Iranian faction trying to off the Japanese who are trying to broker a peace deal?

A US operation to get a Gulf of Tonkin Resolution??

The Saudis pushing up the oil price and causing trouble for Iran???

The Israelis putting pressure on Iran ????

Boris Johnson pushing the wrong button on his IPhone ?????
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Neither ship has sunk. Strangely, the Front Altair appears to be moving slowly with two tugs in attendance. One Iranian, one with Bahamas registration.

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More likely the owners/insurers have hired whatever is available - there must be a load of tugs for hire around there............

The fact they haven't sunk suggests a small mine - a torpedo would break the ship in half
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Timed to go off when they are passing Iran?
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Surface to ship missiles from Iranian side..??
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Originally Posted by TBM-Legend View Post
Surface to ship missiles from Iranian side..??
I'm no consperacy theorist but the term 'false flag' keeps popping in to mind.
Just enough damage to the ships to cause offence, no injuries. I can't help thinking that the only entity that wants to escalate a conflict here is the same entity that keeps sabre rattling prior to elections.
Hmmmmm. Suspect.
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On the other hand, I cannot see exactly what benefit Iran would gain from such attacks just off her shores. If these were mines, timed once again to go off in the early hours of 6~7 am, then did someone work out in advance roughly where they'd be at that time?
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