Explosion Hits Hafnia Tanker at Jeddah

by Ship & Bunker News Team
Monday December 14, 2020

An explosion has hit a tanker owned by Hafnia at the Saudi Arabian port of Jeddah, the company said Monday.

TheĀ BW Rhine was hit "from an external source" at Jeddah at about 12:40 AM local time on Monday, causing and explosion and subsequent fire, the tanker operator said in a statement on its website.

The tanker was discharging its gasoline cargo at the time. All 22 seafarers on board have been accounted for, with no injuries, the company said.

"It is possible that some oil has escaped from the vessel, but this has not been confirmed and instrumentation currently indicates that oil levels on board are at the same level as before the incident," Hafnia said.

The explosion follows a tanker attack reported off the coast of Saudi Arabia last month.