Freak wave damages tanker in Strait of Hormuz

Initial reports of an attack are unfounded says UAE official.


Officials are claiming that a freak wave was responsible for damaging a Japanese supertanker passing through the strategic Gulf shipping lane.

"We have contacted the ship. The cause of the incident was a freak wave and there is damage in the upper accommodation decks of the ship and a few injured people on board," said a general manager at the UAE port of Fujairah.

The ship is scheduled to arrive at Fujeirah port at 1300 GMT where it will be inspected before resuming its voyage to Japan, he said.

"The ship is not being tugged and there is no damage to the engine," he added.

"The boat was hit by a tremor ...we have no information of an attack," said an official at the Omani coastguard.

Iran's International Institute of Seismology and Earthquake Engineering reported that: "A minor earthquake of 3.4 magnitude happened in Bandar Abbas."