TankerTrackers informed that there might be oil spill after the sabotage attack on the Saudi VLCC supertanker, Amjad. The alleged sabotage attack took place off United Arab Emirates territorial waters in the Gulf of Oman.
Namely, TankerTrackers released imagery saying there is the possibility of an oil spill as a result of the attack.
The ship, Amjad, may was empty of crude oil, but it was carrying fuel oil onboard.
The oil spill is no less than 235 barrels.
UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC) had announced on May 12, that four commercial vessels were subjected to sabotage, close to United Arab Emirates territorial waters in the Gulf of Oman, on Sunday. The incident occurred east of Fujairah, one of the world’s largest bunkering hubs situated outside the Strait of Hormuz.
The Ministry had no details for the sabotage. However, no injuries and fatalities onboard were reported.
The MOFAIC highlighted that this kind of act against commercial and civilian vessels and the possibility of threatening the safety and lives of people onboard those vessels is a serious development.
It urged the international community to take on their responsibilities to prevent such actions by those who try to undermine maritime traffic safety and security.
In light of London’s marine insurance market meeting on Thursday, May 16, they decided to extend the list of waters deemed as high risk to include Oman, the United Arab Emirates and the Gulf after ship attacks off Fujairah, Reuters reports.
London’s Joint War Committee announced that the added areas reflect those of enhanced risk for marine insurers and reflect the enhanced regional risk.
The Joint War Committee will closely review the existent situation.
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