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Enigmatic explosion of Aframax tanker and mysterious voyage, Gulf of Aden

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by Chuks Chris
A terrible explosion has been reported to have occurred at Hush Al Nishaimah oil terminal, Yemen, Gulf of Aden, at 2000 UTC on the 3rd of 0ctober. According to report, the explosion happened when Aframax tanker Syra was loading crude oil.

It is thought to be an act of sabotage, mine or bomb explosion, set off by one of Yemen’s conflicting parties. The tanker was said to suffer damages, she left terminal early Oct 4 and sailed to Khor Fakkan, UAE, Gulf of Oman, to “estimate damages”. ETA Khor Fakkan Oct 9. Interestingly, tanker AIS records have a gap during Sep 25 – Oct 4 period. The tanker went off radar on Sep 25 sailing in the Gulf of Oman off Oman coast, and reappeared on Oct 4, shortly after leaving the oil terminal.