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Oil tanker collides with US destroyer in Gulf

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-08-12

A Japanese-owned oil tanker collided with a US Navy missile destroyer on Sunday just outside the Strait of Hormuz near Iran. The USS Porter suffered minor damage but nobody was injured on either vessel and no oil leak was reported.

REUTERS - An oil tanker collided with a U.S. navy ship near the Strait of Hormuz on Sunday, but no one was hurt, the Bahrain-based U.S. Fifth Fleet said.

“The collision between USS Porter (DDG 78) and the Panamanian-flagged bulk oil tanker M/V Otowasan occurred at approximately 1:00 a.m. local time,” a statement on the Fifth Fleet’s website said.

It said the Porter was a guided-missile destroyer and the oil tanker was Japanese-owned. The navy vessel remained able to operate under its own power after the collision, which was not combat-related, the statement added.

“USS Porter is on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts,” the statement said, adding that the incident was under investigation.

Tensions have risen in the Gulf this year as Iran has threatened to close the Strait to international shipping if its dispute with the United States over its nuclear programme escalates.
 

Date created : 2012-08-12

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