Images emerge of hull damage from Saudi mine blast

Images have emerged of the damage done to the Agrari, an aframax belonging to George Economou’s TMS Tankers, which was reportedly struck by an explosive device at the Al Shuqaiq anchorage in Saudi Arabia on November 25.

According to a report by maritime safety consultancy Dryad Global, the vessel was struck about 1 m above the waterline and the vessel suffered damage on the portside, resulting in a partial breach of the vessel hull and a limited oil spill.

Images clearly show the hull damage. It is now heading for repairs.

In October, Splash reported on significant pollution in the wake of the Syra, a 10-year-old aframax, hitting a mine while taking on crude at the Bir Ali crude single buoy mooring system off Yemen. That ship is now in Qatar undergoing repairs.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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