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#1 User is offline   MTP Reggie 

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Posted 13 June 2019 - 07:35 AM

Two oil tankers struck in suspected attacks in Gulf of Oman - shipping firms
by Reuters
Thursday, 13 June 2019 09:45 GMT
By Lisa Barrington and Rania El Gamal

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DUBAI, June 13 (Reuters) - Two oil tankers were hit in suspected attacks in the Gulf of Oman, shipping firms and industry sources said on Thursday, sending oil prices as much as 4% higher a month after four other tankers were damaged by limpet mines in the region. One of the tankers, the Front Altair, carrying a cargo of petrochemical feedstock, was ablaze in waters between Gulf Arab states and Iran. Iran's state news agency said it had sunk, although the Norwegian owner had said it was afloat and its crew were safe. The other tanker was adrift without any crew.

The Bahrain-based U.S. Navy Fifth Fleet said it was assisting the tankers after receiving distress calls. The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations, part of Britain's Royal Navy, said it was investigating with its partners. Full details about Thursday's incident were not immediately clear. The firm which chartered one of the vessels said it suspected a torpedo had hit the ship, while a source said the other might have been damaged by a magnetic mine. An investigation blamed limpet mines for last month's attacks on four tankers. Saudi Arabia and the United States blamed Iran for those attacks, a charge Tehran denies.

Oil prices surged as much as 4% after Thursday's news. The region was already on edge following attacks in May on Gulf oil assets that occurred amid a dispute between Iran and the United States over Tehran's nuclear programme. The Gulf of Oman lies at the entrance to the Strait of Hormuz, a major strategic waterway through which a fifth of global oil consumption passes from Middle East producers. There was no immediate confirmation of Thursday's incident from authorities in Oman or the United Arab Emirates, in whose territorial waters the four tankers were hit in May.

Saudi Arabia and the UAE have said attacks on oil assets in the Gulf pose a risk to global oil supplies and regional security.

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Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement said its tanker Kokuka Courageous was damaged in a "suspected attack" that breached the hull above the water line while transporting methanol from Saudi Arabia to Singapore. "The ship is safely afloat," it said in a statement, adding that its crew were safe with one minor injury reported. A shipping broker said there had been an explosion "suspected from an outside attack" that may have involved a magnetic mine on the Kokuka Courageous. "Kokuka Courageous is adrift without any crew on board," the source said.

Japanese shipping firm Kokuka Sangyo, owner of the Kokuka Courageous, said its ship had been hit twice over a three-hour period. Taiwan's state oil refiner CPC said tanker Front Altair, owned by Norway's Frontline, was "suspected of being hit by a torpedo" around 0400GMT, as it carried 75,000 tonnes of the petrochemical feedstock naphtha to Taiwan. It said the crew were safe.

Frontline said its vessel was on fire, but still afloat, although the Iranian news agency IRNA later said the vessel had sunk. However, there was no immediate independent confirmation. The Front Altair loaded its cargo from Ruwais in the UAE, according to trade sources and shipping data on Refinitiv Eikon. Another source said the Front Altair reported a fire caused by a "surface attack" and that the crew had been picked up by nearby vessel Hyundai Dubai.

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Posted 13 June 2019 - 08:42 AM

Watch they will blame President Trump and the American people for this.

Rand Paul is already getting his backstabbing band ready.

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Posted 13 June 2019 - 12:36 PM

With weapons abundant, cheap or free how can they tell who done it? So many people trying to kill or blow something or someone up.
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Posted 13 June 2019 - 02:56 PM

Stinks of a false flag attack to me? Considering that Iran would have nothing to gain from it and the deep state wants us to go to war yet again?
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Posted 13 June 2019 - 05:14 PM

View PostRock N, on 13 June 2019 - 02:56 PM, said:

Stinks of a false flag attack to me? Considering that Iran would have nothing to gain from it and the deep state wants us to go to war yet again?


Just look at the "Call's" on oil future's. Remember in matters of politics or rhetoric and you can't understand the meaning of a particular action..ask your self the following..."Cui Bono" (who benefits) or in 'Murican "follow the money!!

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Posted 13 June 2019 - 05:15 PM

View PostRock N, on 13 June 2019 - 02:56 PM, said:

Stinks of a false flag attack to me? Considering that Iran would have nothing to gain from it and the deep state wants us to go to war yet again?


Trump won't go to war over this. Expect rumors of ghost skiffs and derelict "fishing scowls". Nothing a drone and a hellfire missile can't handle.
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Posted 13 June 2019 - 05:32 PM

View PostKilmerfan, on 13 June 2019 - 08:42 AM, said:

Watch they will blame President Trump and the American people for this.

Rand Paul is already getting his backstabbing band ready.


I'm sure one of our leftists are already on that.
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Posted 13 June 2019 - 05:53 PM

View Post67Mustang, on 13 June 2019 - 12:36 PM, said:

With weapons abundant, cheap or free how can they tell who done it? So many people trying to kill or blow something or someone up.

Conveniently one of the limpet mines didn't explode, so its country of manufacture or style of build can probably be determined.
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Posted 13 June 2019 - 11:38 PM

View PostModerator T, on 13 June 2019 - 05:53 PM, said:

Conveniently one of the limpet mines didn't explode, so its country of manufacture or style of build can probably be determined.

Apparently the clue is that an Iranian vessel removed the unexploded ordinance.
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Posted 14 June 2019 - 05:42 PM

Apparently the Iranians have control of the dud limpet mine and with it the evidence trail. I see a need for armed drones and working littoral combat ships. Going to miss the Perry class frigates.
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Posted 14 June 2019 - 05:52 PM

View Post67Mustang, on 14 June 2019 - 05:42 PM, said:

Apparently the Iranians have control of the dud limpet mine and with it the evidence trail. I see a need for armed drones and working littoral combat ships. Going to miss the Perry class frigates.

Zumwalts? (When they’re working?)
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Posted 14 June 2019 - 06:26 PM

Issue a statement saying that any Iranian or unflagged fast boat that comes within a mile of any US vessel or any other ship in the area will be sunk. And then do it. Also any one that fires on a US drone or aircraft or ship. If that doesn't work lob some cluster bomb filled cruise missiles onto all the Revolutionary Guard ports where they service these boats

See how brave they are when getting close to a ship results in a person to person meeting with Allah.
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