The 2002-built VLCC Front Hakata, owned by John Fredriksen’s Ship Finance International, caught fire off the coast of Chiba, Japan on Sunday.
The fire started in the engine room of the tanker, which was carrying full load of crude oil from Saudi Arabia and waiting for berthing at Chiba.
Maritime Safety Agency of Japan sent a firefighting team and managed to put out the fire in about four hours. No causalities or oil spill were reported in the incident.
Currently the vessel is under tow and the latest AIS information shows the vessel’s status as “not under command”.
The cause of the fire is now under investigation.