“Explosion” hits Japanese supertanker near the Strait of Hormuz

July 29th, 2010 - 10:37 pm ICT by BNO News  

TOKYO (BNO NEWS) — A Japanese supertanker was hit by an explosion in Oman territorials waters on Wednesday, west of the Strait of Hormuz, Japanese shipper Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd (MOL) said on Thursday.

According to the shipper, the incident happened at about 00:30 a.m. local time (5:30 a.m. JST) when the VLCC M. STAR suffered hull damage caused by an explosion “which seemed to be an attack from external sources.”

MOL said no oil leaks were detected, and that details of the damage are currently under investigation. One of the crew was slightly injured.

The company stated that the M. STAR is continuing its voyage, making for the UAE port of Fujairah, where the damage and its causes will be thoroughly investigated.

The supertanker took on crude oil on Tuesday at the UAE Port of Das Island, and then departed for Chiba Port in Japan.

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