In the News: Explosion Reported On Oil Tanker Off Saudi Arabia

Oil Tanker Explosion Off the Coast of Saudi Arabia
Oil Tanker Explosion Off the Coast of Saudi Arabia

An oil tanker explosion occurred in the port city of Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, early this morning: December 14th, 2020. The explosion is believed to be a result of the war in Yemen. The Singapore Vessel, BW Rhine, reports all 22 sailors’ escaped. Although Saudi Arabia isn’t imminently acknowledging the explosions, it’s on the heels of a mine explosion approximately 4 weeks ago that is believed to be the responsibility of the Yemen Houthi rebels. The United Kingdom Marine Trade Operations, an organization under Britain’s royal navy, urged ships in the area to exercise caution and said investigations were ongoing.

The 5th Fleet belonging to the United States Navy, Patrols the Mideast and has yet to issue a statement on the blast.

The Iranian backed Yemen Houthi’s have showed in the past that they can and will use sea mines. Although early indications point to them, there has been no claim to responsibility as of yet. The Red Sea is one of the most active shipping lanes in the world providing both cargo and global energy.

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