TWO OIL TANKER SHIPS ATTACKED IN GULF OF OMAN

TWO OIL TANKER SHIPS ATTACKED IN GULF OF OMAN
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Reports are coming in that two large oil tanker ships have been attacked in the Gulf of Oman.  Information coming in says both ships suffered several large explosions, have spilled ALL their oil cargo, and now, reports say both ships have . . . SUNK!  This could mean war starts today if Iran is blamed . . . .

This is a fast developing story, check back for updates below . . .

Local sources in Oman as saying that two successive explosions were heard in the Sea of Oman — also called the Gulf of Oman — on Thursday morning.

The sources said the blasts were caused by attacks on the tankers, according to the report.

The tankers sent distress calls to the sea’s littoral states.

The area is near the Strait of Hormuz, a strategic waterway through which nearly one-third of all oil traded by sea passes.

Four shipping and trade sources said two tankers — identified as the Marshal Islands-flagged Front Altair and the Panama-flagged Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous  — had been hit in suspected attacks in the Gulf of Oman, and that the crew had been evacuate from the vessels.

The crew were safe, the sources added.

Rescue workers have rushed to the assistance of two oil tankers, transferring all of their 44 crew members.

The Marshall Islands-flagged tanker was, according to reports, heading from Qatar to Taiwan when a fire broke out on the tanker approximately 25 miles from Iran’s Jask port city.

The Panama-flagged ship was also en route from a port in Saudi Arabia towards Singapore when a fire broke out approximately 28 miles from Jask.

The US Navy’s Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet says that its naval forces are assisting tankers in the Gulf of Oman after receiving two distress calls.

“We are aware of the reported attack on tankers in the Gulf of Oman. US Naval Forces in the region received two separate distress calls at 6:12 a.m. local time and a second one at 7:00 a.m.,” Joshua Frey of the Fifth Fleet said.

The Kokuka Courageous tanker was damaged in the incident, a spokesman for the vessel’s manager BSM Ship Management (Singapore) said.

“The Kokuka Courageous remains in the area and is not in any danger of sinking. The cargo of methanol is intact,” the spokesman said.

The vessel is about 14 nautical miles off Iran and about 70 nautical miles from Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where a number of commercial vessels were targeted by sabotage operations last month.

The Norwegian shipping firm Frontline also confirmed that its oil tanker Front Altair was on fire after an incident in the Gulf of Oman, Norwegian newspaper VG reported, quoting a company spokesman.

All 23 crew members were brought to safety at a nearby vessel, the spokesman added.

Earlier, the Associated Press reported that the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations — which is run by the British navy — warned that an unspecified incident has taken place in the sea and was urging “extreme caution.”

In another report, shipping newspaper Tradewinds claimed, citing unnamed industry sources, that an oil tanker owned by Norway’s Frontline had been struck by a torpedo off the coast of Fujairah.

The map below shows the approximate location of the two vessels:

 

 

Benchmark Brent crude oil has risen over 4% in trading, to over $62 a barrel after these incidents in Gulf of Oman.

UPDATE 7:30 AM EDT --

A South Korean company confirms that all the 23 crew aboard one of the two oil tankers reportedly attacked near the Strait of Hormuz have been rescued by one of its cargo vessels sailing in the area.

The Seoul-based Hyundai Merchant Marine Co. on Thursday cited crew of its Hyundai Dubai cargo vessel as saying that there were three rounds of explosion sounds at the MT Front Altair before it sent an emergency distress call.

The company says it's the operator of the Hyundai Dubai vessel.

A company statement says the 30,000-ton-class Hyundai Dubai vessel sent a lifeboat to rescue MT Front Altair's 23 crew members before embarking them on the cargo vessel.

It says the Hyundai Dubai vessel later handed over the rescued crew members to an Iranian rescue boat.

It says the MT Front Altair, built in 2016, had reportedly been on its way to Japan with naphtha, a petrochemical product.

 

 

It comes a month after another apparent attack on vessels in the Gulf. On 12 May, four oil tankers — two Saudi, one Emirati and one Norwegian — were targeted off the coast of Fujairah in what the UAE Foreign Ministry described as acts of sabotage.

The three countries whose ships were damaged said in a joint statement that Limpet mines had been placed in a “sophisticated and coordinated operation” by divers. The UAE suggested that it was likely the work of a “state actor” but stop short of identifying the culprit.

US officials, however, were quick to point the finger at Iran. "It's clear that Iran is behind the Fujairah attack. Who else would you think would be doing it? Someone from Nepal?" said US National Security Adviser John Bolton.

In turn, US Secretary of State Pompeo alleged that Iran had attacked the tankers to raise the global price of oil.

Tehran has denied any involvement and called for an investigation.

 

UPDATE 7:43 AM EDT -- 

confirmed hole in the main body of one of the ships, ABOVE the waterline.

This might indicate a Missile strike

 Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, is in Iran right now on a state visit.

"On Wednesday, after talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Abe warned that any "accidental conflict" that could be sparked amid the heightened U.S.-Iran tensions must be avoided."

What are the odds that a Japanese oil tanker would be hit immediately after?

 

UPDATE 8:08 AM EDT --

23 crew members of the Front Altair threw themselves off the ship following the attack. Iranian outlets report that they were rescued by an Iranian vessel.

Same Iranian news agency that initially reported the incident in the Gulf of Oman now reports one of the two tankers has sunk (would still consider this as unconfirmed)

 

UPDATE 8:16 AM EDT --

Precise last known locations of both ships:

PHOTO

UPDATE 8:23 AM EDT --

U.S. Military at the Pentagon are in urgent meetings. There will be major meetings at the White House later, once all the intel off the ground is received.

What will happen is really down to the President later. Right now, its about info gathering rather than response. That will likely change as the day progresses.

 

UPDATE 8:25 AM EDT --

Distress signals were 47 minutes apart, so the assumption is that both attacks were not simultaneous.

Israeli press are reporting one of the vessels has now fully sunk, but that is not confirmed.

US Naval assets are further assembling in the area.

 

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UPDATE 8:48 AM EDT --

Photos from a rescue ship circling the Front Altair:

 

 

UPDATE 9:18 AM EDT --

Oil tanker owners DHT Holdings and Heidmar have suspended new bookings to the Middle East/Gulf region following the attacks against two tankers in the Sea of Oman.

If other shipping companies do the same, the ability to transport 35% of GLOBAL OIL SUPPLY will be stopped.  That would send prices upwards of $300 per barrel of oil . . . if anyone could actually get it.  This has "financial disaster" written all over it.

 

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  • This commment is unpublished.
    William Bermudez · 4 months ago
    Gulf of Tonkin 2.0?
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      Paul Lambert · 4 months ago
      Nope. Islam: Episode 543,981
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    Gifford Rodine · 4 months ago
    Just for information: "Pipeline101 - Other-Means-Of-Transport
    [Search domain pipeline101.com/Why-Do-We-Need-Pipelines/Other-Means-Of-Transport] https://pipeline101.com/Why-Do-We-Need-Pipelines/Other-Means-Of-Transport
    Approximately 71% of crude oil and petroleum products are shipped by pipeline on a ton-mile basis. Tanker and barge traffic account for 22% of oil shipments. Trucking accounts for four percent of shipments, and rail for the remaining three percent. Essentially, all dry natural gas is shipped by pipeline to end users."
    This is the situation for oil produced and consumed in the USA. For the USA tanker transport think Alaska oil fields to west coast and California refineries.
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    michael anderson · 4 months ago
    If the US/Israel has people in Iran so well placed, that they can know the batch that a mine came from, they are also well placed enough to smuggle it out of Iran and give it to the Mossad, Saudis, or the US to put on the ship. Iran has no incentive to do this, but those others do. USS Liberty all over again. Let's not forget that the Lavon affair was carried out by Egyptian jews working for Israeli intelligence. They are also in Iran. Oh, look, one mine just happened to not explode, providing all the evidence that Iran did it and they even know the batch it came from. Gee, how convenient. Iran can now identify the location they came from, as well, identify the Israeli agents and execute them.
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    Gifford Rodine · 4 months ago
    Trump has been very adroit in getting the correct information. The information generated in that area of the world is immense. Radar, sonar, infrared, human observation, satellite, some things we may not know about. At this time, I'll trust Trump's judgement.
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    Robert Ross · 4 months ago
    Dolphin-II Class, Israel (German-made)
    AIP sub
    Based on the similar Dolphin Class boats already in service with the Israeli Navy, the Dolphin-II is stretched in order to accommodate the fuel cell AIP. These boats are highly capable, fitted with a range of Israeli systems. They are widely rumored to carry nuclear armed cruise missiles as part of Israel’s second-strike capability. - also stealthy with long submerge time and maybe can accommodate divers with designer (dud) limpets showing cyrillic and/or Farsi placards, in the right serial number range (to finger Iran). That said, If it was the Iranians (inconsistent with common sense), they should revisit the stone age. We need to be careful about ending up in a Colin Powell moment again.
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    Robert Ross · 4 months ago
    Could a (((nation-state actor))) who happens to have AIP equipped submarines wanting to gen up a conflict with Iran properly leave convenient forensics to give a casus belli that works for its agenda? Cui bono? Are we going to be the patsy hammer again?
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    transformationtime · 4 months ago
    "US official says....". Do we, the world, truly need opinions of US administration about the case, to find out who is behind the attack? Do we truly need US official´s fabricated opinions to see who was behind the attack?
    How are you doing, Mr. Bolton?
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      Gifford Rodine · 4 months ago
      This is why I use this website, Hal presents the facts, and sometimes his conclusions and opinions based on those facts. He has experience dealing with life threatening information (and possibly situations) that most of us have not had.
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    Reginald Fischer · 4 months ago
    This story is front page on Drudge Report. It wouldn't get that kind of mainstream coverage unless... this is the false flag to justify war.
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    TSlinger · 4 months ago
    Qui bono?
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    Lynne Smith · 4 months ago
    I'm not buying it. Way too coincidental at this point.

    IF they were torpedoes at all, not Iran.
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    michael anderson · 4 months ago
    Iran has no motive to sink a japanese tanker. But the US and Isreal do.
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      His self · 4 months ago
      100%
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    Jonathan Munday · 4 months ago
    And if they don't find debris, they'll just make it up. Gulf of Tonkin 2.0.
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    Reginald Fischer · 4 months ago
    If Iran is blamed for these attacks, it means either they did it or they did not. Because this could just as easily have been a false flag by the US or Israel or their allies Designed to blame Iran and start a war.
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    His self · 4 months ago
    And now pouring salt into an open wound........

    https://twitter.com/tassagency_en/status/1139163007722954752
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      Christian Walker · 4 months ago
      Do everyone a favor and stop with the Twitter articles.
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        Kevin Burger · 4 months ago
        But social media and cnn are the most trusted names in news
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    His self · 4 months ago
    Images of the other tanker that was attacked after the fire was put out............

    https://twitter.com/PressTV/status/1139165239637938176

    She is sitting dead in the water.
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      Christian Walker · 4 months ago
      That's not even the same boat... Are you really that limited!?
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        Copperhead · 4 months ago
        The Front Altair has a red deck. The Kokura has a white deck. That is the ship that is being shown in the photo.
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    GUY DUNPHY · 4 months ago
    Apparently the Frontline Altair, an oil tanker (that has sunk) was predominantly crewed by Russians.

    Would Iran a) sink a fully loaded oil tanker right off their own coast (thus giving themselves an ecological disaster), and b) choose to attack a ship crewed by Russians? Russia supports Iran against US aggression, and attacking Russians would be a great way to end that support.

    Anyone who believes Iran did this is a fool, or insane or lying. Or John Bolton, but I repeat myself.

    Otoh, for the Globalist Elites who (to save their own necks) must have WW3 and asap, involving Russian sailors in a false flag attack pinned on Iran, is a great way to ensure maximum carnage.
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      His self · 4 months ago
      Front Altair remains afloat.

      I would expect that the khazars would know who is crewing any vessels they attack.

      We will see in time Moscow's response.
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    GUY DUNPHY · 4 months ago
    "It's clear that Iran is behind the Fujairah attack. Who else would you think would be doing it? Someone from Nepal?" said US National Security Adviser John Bolton.


    Oh I don't know, how about... John Bolton (ie the USA) did it? Neocon, deeply involved in setting up 911, a compusive war monger, itching to attack Iran. And now claiming it must have been Iran, while presenting no evidence.

    Who benefits? Saying Iran wants higher oil prices is ridiculous, since the US is blocking virtually all Iranian oil shipments anyway, so for them the price is moot. What Iran does NOT want, is a war with the USA. Which attacking random shipping off their shores would almost certainly bring on them.

    Anything at all with Bolton involved, is guaranteed to be a lie.
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    His self · 4 months ago
    For those interested Lloyd's list has dropped their paywall..........

    https://twitter.com/Michellewb_/status/1139120918406606848
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      Copperhead · 4 months ago
      Thank you for this.
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      His self · 4 months ago
      Happening around now is a special meeting between Russia, Washington and the khazars on the issue of security.

      Would love to be the fly on the wall!