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Oil tanker in mine alert

Mine alert: an aerial photo shows oil tankers load crude oil at Iraq's Al-Basra Offshore Terminal in Basra, Iraq, on December 27 (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani)

An oil tanker owned by Bermudian-based Nordic American Tankers was being refuelled in the Persian Gulf on Friday when a limpet mine was discovered on a ship that was providing the fuel transfer, according to a report by Associated Press

It said the NAT vessel, the MT Nordic Freedom, was evacuated as an Iraqi team worked to neutralise the mine that was attached to the ship-to-ship transfer tanker MTPola.

An Iraqi statement said an explosives-handling team from the country’s interior ministry was airlifted to the scene after a “foreign body” was observed attached to one of the ships in the waiting area in Iraq’s international waters, 28 nautical miles from Iraqi oil ports.

AP reported that Sudharsan Sarathy, a senior oil analyst at the data-analysis firm Refinitiv, said the Pola was conducting a ship-to-ship transfer with Nordic Freedom.

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Published January 04, 2021 at 8:00 am (Updated January 03, 2021 at 4:51 pm)

Oil tanker in mine alert

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