Hafnia oil tanker hit by “external source” in Saudi Arabia

Author: Pearl Bantillo

2020/12/14

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Shipping company Hafnia said on Monday that one of its oil tankers in Saudi Arabia was hit by an “an external source”, “causing an explosion and subsequent fire onboard” the vessel.

The Singapore-flagged oil tanker BW Rhine was discharging at Jeddah when the incident occurred at 00:40 local time (21:40 GMT) on 14 December.

“The crew have extinguished the fire with assistance from the shore fire brigade and tug boats, and all 22 seafarers have been accounted for with no injuries,” Hafnia said.

The tanker’s hull was damaged with the possibility that some oil has escaped from the vessel, but this has not been confirmed, it said.