Explosion damages tanker at Saudi terminal

An explosion has damaged crude oil tanker Agrari (IMO 9389083) at a Saudi Arabian terminal on the Red Sea just north of the Yemeni border, the ship’s manager TMS Tankers said on Wednesday November 25th. Saudi Arabia has confirmed the attack.

In a statement published by state media, the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis in Yemen said that “a commercial vessel” had suffered minor damage from shrapnel. It described the incident as “a foiled terrorist attack”.

The tanker had arrived at Al Shuqaiq from Rotterdam and looked to have been berthed since November 22nd or 23rd. The last time Marine Traffic had a confirmed location was November 20th.

Greece-based TMS Tankers said that the vessel was “attacked by an unknown source” while at berth in Shuqaiq in Saudi Arabia. TMS said that it had completed discharging and was preparing to depart, noting that “the Agrari was struck about one metre above the waterline and has suffered a breach”.

The managers said that “It has been confirmed that the crew are safe and there have been no injuries. No pollution has been reported. The vessel is in ballast condition and stable”.

UK-based maritime security company Ambrey said earlier that Agrari was damaged by a mine while berthed at the al-Shuqaiq Steam Power Plant.

“The explosion took place in port limits and punctured the hull of the vessel,” Ambrey said. It did not say when the incident happened but noted the vessel had arrived at al-Shuqaiq on Nov. 23.

Houthi leader Muhammed Ali Houthi said in a tweet that any military or security operations are announced through military and security establishments officially.

2009-built, Malta-flagged, 58,667 gt Agrari is owned by Lois Maritime Ltd care of manager TMS Tankers Ltd of Athens, Greece. It is entered with Gard P&I on behalf of Lois Maritime Ltd. For H&M it is entered with Axa Corporate Solutions Marine on behalf of TMS Tankers Ltd, with Gard AS having a subscription position.