Singapore-flagged oil tanker rocked off in an explosion

In the latest in a series of attacks on energy infrastructure in the region, a Singapore-flagged oil tanker, on December 14, was rocked off by an explosion at the Saudi port city of Jeddah.

The attack comes as Iran-backed Huthi rebels in neighbouring country Yemen stepped up cross-border attacks against Saudi targets in retaliation for a five-year military campaign led by Riyadh, however, no group has claimed responsibility for the blast on the tanker BW Rhine.

In a statement, the vessel’s owner, Singapore-based shipping company Hafnia, said, “BW Rhine has been hit from an external source whilst discharging at Jeddah… causing an explosion and subsequent fire onboard.”

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