Both damaged tankers now in UAE anchorage following attacks
The Norwegian-operated Front Altair has joined the Japanese tanker Kokuka Courageous at the Kalba anchorage off Fujairah, according to vessel monitoring website Marine Traffic.
Both tankers were hit by explosions in the Gulf of Oman last week that left both vessels crippled and adrift in flames.
Saudi Arabia, the United States and United Kingdom have accused arch-rival Iran of being behind the attacks, while Iran has denied the allegations.
The Kokuka Courageous was carrying highly flammable methanol through the Gulf of Oman while Front Alstair was carrying naphtha.
The crew, who remained on board Kokuka Courageous, were “safe and well”, according to a statement from the ship’s owner. There are no crew developed to be aboard Front Altair as it’s AIS data indicated it is ‘not under command’.
Both were towed to the anchorage by salvage operators. It’s unclear whether the vessels will be taken to a Middle Eastern shipyard for repair, or towed to one elsewhere in the region.
A damage assessment and preparations for transferring the ship’s cargo would start “once the port authorities have completed their standard security checks and formalities”, the ship’s operators said.