Two tankers operated by Frontline and Bernhard Schulte have been attacked and have suffered damage while transiting waters in the Gulf of Oman.
According to various news agencies, Frontline’s 110,0oo-dwt LR2 Front Altair, carrying naphtha, was hit by ‘surface attacks’ on Thursday (June 13) resulting in a large fire that forced the crew to evacuate.
Bernhard Schulte’s chemical tanker Kokuka Courageous was also hit. The company stated that the hull was breached above the water line and that all crew were evacuated. The vessel is now being towed towards Khor Fakkan, in the UAE, with the crew on board.
The attacks follow a month after four tankers were attacked in waters just off Fujairah. The vessels, which included a VLCC and a LR2 belonging to Bahri, were struck on May 12.
The exact cause of the attacks on the Kokuka Courageous and Front Altair are unknown, however the US has blamed Iran, with Iran saying the accusations are unfounded.