The cause of the explosion and fire on a tanker off the coast of Saudi Arabia was the attack of a booby-trapped boat, and the incident itself is recognized as a terrorist attack. This was announced by the representative of the Ministry of Energy of the country, reported the official Saudi Press Agency.
At the time of the attack, the vessel, owned by Singapore-based Hafnia, was anchored at a fuel terminal in the port of Jeddah. The attack resulted in a fire, which was successfully extinguished by rescue services. No one was injured as a result of the incident. The fire also caused no damage to the port infrastructure and oil shipments continued at the same volume.
The Ministry of Energy of Saudi Arabia announced that the attack on the tanker is an attack not only on the Kingdom itself, but also on the security and stability of energy supplies around the world and the global economy as a whole. The agency also stressed that such incidents could lead to major environmental disasters as a result of oil spills.
In late November, a Greek tanker exploded off the coast of Saudi Arabia. The explosion occurred near the kingdom’s border with Yemen in the Red Sea. According to sources, the ship was “attacked.” A British company suggested that the tanker had been hit by a mine.