- New photos and video show the aftermath of a suspected torpedo attack on an oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman.
- The oil tanker was evacuated on Thursday after catching fire. The company that chartered the ship said it believed it was hit by a torpedo.
- The ship is one of two that were damaged in suspected attacks. Both have been evacuated.
- The photos show the ship on fire and covered in ash, with smoke billowing into the sky.
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Photos and video of the aftermath of a suspected torpedo attack show flames, ash, and charring on an oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman.
The imagery shows the Front Altair, a tanker owned by the Norwegian company Frontline.
It is not clear exactly what left the tanker so badly damaged. It had been chartered by Taiwan’s state oil-refining company, CPC, which said the ship was “suspected of being hit by a torpedo.”
Press TV, a broadcaster funded by the government of Iran, posted aerial footage of the fire on Twitter on Thursday afternoon.
— Press TV (@PressTV) June 13, 2019
Still images, credited to Iran’s ISNA news agency and distributed by The Associated Press, show the now abandoned ship in flames. Its crew was evacuated after the incident began.
About half of its starboard side can be seen with fire damage. Its bridge, usually white, was blackened on one side. According to Reuters, the ship was carrying 75,000 metric tons of petrochemicals.
Undated archival photos of the ship shared by Frontline show how the ship looked before the suspected attack:
- NTB Scanpix/via REUTERS
This photo shows the fire from another angle:
The ship is one of two that were damaged in suspected attacks in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday.
An anonymous US defense official told CBS News that it was “highly likely Iran caused these attacks.”
The second ship was the Kokuka Courageous, which is operated by Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement. It was also evacuated. The company said the hull was damaged, and one crew member was “slightly injured.”
The ship’s manager told Reuters the ship was damaged in a “suspected attack.”
- ISNA/Handout via REUTERS
The incidents have caused the price of oil to surge, as the ships were in a significant oil-transportation route that has seen increased tensions between US tankers and Iran.
The US last month accused Iran of attacking its oil tankers in the region, but Iran denies any involvement.