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Explosion rocks Saudi ship near Jeddah port

Reports have not offered a cause of the explosion.

• December 14, 2020
Saudi prince, Mohammed bin Salman
Saudi prince, Mohammed bin Salman

An explosion rocked a ship off Saudi Arabia’s port city of Jeddah on the Red Sea, according to reports on Monday.

Dryad Global, a maritime intelligence firm, reported on its website that the explosion occurred on an oil tanker at 2211 GMT on Sunday.

“Reports indicate that a vessel has experienced an explosion whilst carrying out operations within the main tanker anchorage at the Saudi Aramco Jeddah Port,’’ the firm said.

Reports have not offered a cause of the explosion.

The United Kingdom Marine Trade Operations,an organisation under Britain’s Royal Navy, urged ships in the area to exercise caution and said investigations were ongoing. 


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