Delivery firm Hafnia stated on Monday that one in all its oil tankers, the BW Rhine, had been hit by an unidentified “exterior supply” that prompted an explosion and a hearth whereas the ship was discharging at Jeddah port in Saudi Arabia.
The UK Maritime Commerce Operations (UKMTO) stated on its web site that investigations into an explosion involving a tanker have been underway, and that Jeddah’s port was closed for an unknown period.
“BW Rhine has been hit from an exterior supply while discharging at Jeddah, Saudi Arabia at roughly 00:40 native time on 14 December 2020, inflicting an explosion and subsequent fireplace onboard,” Hafnia stated in a press release on its web site.
The ship’s crew put out the fireplace and no-one was injured, the corporate stated, including that components of the ship’s hull had been broken.
“It’s attainable that some oil has escaped from the vessel, however this has not been confirmed and instrumentation presently signifies that oil ranges on board are on the identical degree as earlier than the incident,” Hafnia stated.
The BW Rhine, owned and operated by Hafnia, is a Singapore-flagged tanker with capability to hold 60,000-80,000 tonnes of sunshine and center distillate oil merchandise, in accordance with Hafnia and shipping information on Refinitiv.
The tanker loaded about 60,000 tonnes of gasoline from Yanbu port on Dec. 6, the information confirmed. It’s presently 84% full, in accordance with its draft.
(Reporting by Florence Tan; Further reporting by Aziz El Yaakoubi in Dubai; Enhancing by Jacqueline Wong, Kenneth Maxwell, and Catherine Evans)