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VLCC damaged by explosion in suspected attack off Oman

VLCC damaged by explosion in suspected attack off Oman

Tokyo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) reports that its VLCC M. STAR  suffered hull damage caused by an explosion 'which seemed to be an attack from external sources' while west of the Strait of Hormuz at 26º27' N 56º14' E (Oman territorial waters) at about 00:30 local time this morning.

The degree and details of hull damage are currently under investigation but no serious injury was reported, although one of the crew was slightly injured, and no oil leaked from the hull.

M. STAR has continued her voyage, making for the UAE port of Fujairah, where the damage and its causes will be thoroughly investigated. The vessel took on crude oil yesterday at the UAE Port of Das Island, after which it departed for Chiba Port in Japan.  [28/07/10]