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ORAC 13th Jun 2019 09:22

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.



A_Van 13th Jun 2019 09:39

Originally Posted by ORAC (Post 10492638)
Sky reporting two tankers attacked in Gulf of Oman this morning. US 6th fleet responding in rescue operation.

Did not you mean the 5th fleet? 6th fleet operates in the Med, AFAIK.....

Toadstool 13th Jun 2019 09:41

Originally Posted by A_Van (Post 10492653)
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.

ORAC 13th Jun 2019 10:22

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.

AnglianAV8R 13th Jun 2019 10:28

"Both vessels were carrying "Japan-related" cargo, Japan's Trade Ministry said"

Coinciding with Japanese PM visit to Tehran.

ORAC 13th Jun 2019 10:35

At least one tanker has sunk, fully loaded with oil.


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.


ORAC 13th Jun 2019 10:41

Tanker reported as heading for Singapore.


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.

ORAC 13th Jun 2019 11:05

jolihokistix 13th Jun 2019 11:10

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.

ORAC 13th Jun 2019 11:12


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.".....

jolihokistix 13th Jun 2019 11:16

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.

ericsson16 13th Jun 2019 11:18

Hyundai Dubai Got the crew from the two tankers.

Asturias56 13th Jun 2019 13:17

Originally Posted by AnglianAV8R (Post 10492685)
"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 ?????

caiman27 13th Jun 2019 13:21

Neither ship has sunk. Strangely, the Front Altair appears to be moving slowly with two tugs in attendance. One Iranian, one with Bahamas registration.

Arclite01 13th Jun 2019 13:28

Salvage rights

Asturias56 13th Jun 2019 13:38

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

jolihokistix 13th Jun 2019 13:57

Timed to go off when they are passing Iran?

TBM-Legend 13th Jun 2019 14:13

Surface to ship missiles from Iranian side..??

TURIN 13th Jun 2019 14:23

Originally Posted by TBM-Legend (Post 10492893)
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.

jolihokistix 13th Jun 2019 14:41

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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