Explosives Found On Anchored Oil Tanker’s Hull In Iraq

Tanker vessel Pola - hull explosive

The New Year started with rather peculiar shipping news as an oil tanker in Iraq has found its hull loaded with explosives. The incident once again highlighted the risks of shipping in the Arabian peninsula.

Suspicious Object on the Hull

Apparently, the Liberian flagged vessel was discharging cargo onto a ship when it noticed a suspicious object on the ship’s hull, revealed the shipowner Dynacom Tankers Management in a statement issued to the media. The company also said that the crew is safe and...


Why Should Tankers Use Corrosion-Resistant Steels?

  • The use of corrosion-resistant steels in cargo oil tanks offers certain advantages compared to coatings. 
  • It is proven to dramatically reduce both pitting corrosion and general surface corrosion.
  • DNV GL has since revised its relevant ship construction rules to incorporate corrosion-resistant steels for cargo tanks.
  • Several Chinese steelmakers have since requested approval from DNV GL for their COT steels.

Tried and tested for about 12 years, they have now been included in DNV GL’s rules, and...


Oil Tanker Hit By An Explosion While Discharging At Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

A Singapore-flagged oil tanker was hit by an explosion off Saudi Arabia’s port city of Jiddah. According to reports, the explosion took place because of an external source. All 22 sailors on board escaped without injury, but there might be some chances of an oil leak.

A statement from the Hafnia indicates that the vessel was “hit from an external source whilst conducting discharge operations at Jeddah. This resulted in fire from the explosion which was extinguished with the vessel has hull...


Chevron Tanker Ship Spill Stopped But Not Contained

According to a Reuters report, Chevron tanker ship spills light cycle oil in Santa Monica Bay, California.

Light cycle oil spill

Chevron Corp reported on Tuesday that the Mississippi Voyager oil tanker spilled light cycle oil in the Santa Monica Bay, California, as per a regulatory filing.

Spill not contained

The company said that, “the spill has been stopped but is not contained.”

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Oil Tanker Hit By An Explosion Off Saudi Arabian


In the Red sea, about 125 miles north of Saudi Arabia’s border with Yemen, an oil tanker has suffered a blast attack. The Athens-based TMS Tankers said the Maltese-flagged vessel was “attacked by an unknown source” after it had finished discharging and was equipping to depart the dock in Shuqaiq, Saudi Arabia.

TMS Tankers made a statement saying, “The Agrari was struck about one meter above the waterline and has suffered a breach. It has been confirmed that the crew is safe and there have been...


Oil Tanker Under Attack In The Red Sea

An oil tanker came under attack while at a Saudi Arabian terminal in the Red Sea about 125 miles north of the country’s border with Yemen, according to the vessel’s owner, reports Bloomberg.

The Agrari, a so-called Aframax-class vessel able to haul about 700,000 barrels of oil, was holed about 1 meter above the waterline in the incident, a statement distributed on behalf of the carrier’s owner said. 

Cause of the incident

The incident took place as the ship was preparing to leave a berth at the...


VLCC’s Second Longest Streak Without Demolition Sales

On Monday 2 November – it will be 500 days since the last VLCC left active service when it went on its final journey from Jeddah to Bangladesh for dismantling. Strong crude oil tanker market earnings from August 2019 through July 2020 have evaporated any interest in demolition sales reports Hellenic Shipping.

The Oil Tanker Sales

By end-October 2020, spot freight rates for all oil tankers sit at a loss-making level for owners and operators.

The 500 days is the second-longest streak without any...


Why The Oil Tanker Business Boomed During COVID-19 Pandemic?


The commercial shipping industry, like almost all other businesses, has been heavily bludgeoned and suffering the wrath of the unprecedented global covid-19 pandemic.

With supply chains bottlenecked, ensuing restrictions in foreign trade, lesser demands and a scenario of standstill in almost all sectors ranging from transportation, tourism to heavy productions, the shipping industry, is a big impediment, least to say.

With one exception: the oil tanker business, which has seen a colossal boom in...


[Watch] Maritime Raged Sand Carrier Hits Oil tanker

Oil tanker “MT Strovolos” was hit by a sand carrier in an alleged case of ‘maritime rage’, reports Manifold Times.

What happened?

According to The Melaka state government, on Sunday (4 October) an oil tanker and a sand carrier collided in the Tanjung Bruas Port area in what appears to be a fit of “maritime rage”.

When & where? 

The incident that occurred on Friday (2 October) was witnessed by two skippers onboard smaller boats nearby, as well as seven crew onboard the rammed ship. 

In the collision,...


[Watch] World’s First Zero-emission Electric Tanker in 2022

  • A group of large Japanese companies has come together to launch a consortium that will build the infrastructure to develop and launch large electric vessels, like oil tankers.
  • Some of the world’s largest cargo ships emit pollution comparable to millions of passenger cars put together.
  • It’s why 7 important Japanese companies have launched the ‘e5 Consortium’.
  • The first project will be launched in March 2022.
  • Its goal is to establish ‘new ocean shipping infrastructure services through various...


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