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Japanese supertanker was in collision-official

Exact cause still unknown.

July 29, 2010 2:13 by

A Japanese supertanker damaged near the strategic Strait of Hormuz was involved in a collision, but the cause was unknown, a Fujairah ports official said on Thursday.

“What we know is some collision happened. We don’t know what it was,” Captain Mousa Mourad told a news conference.

Japanese shipper Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd said it had hired a specialist on military attacks to help investigate unexplained damage to its vessel the M. Star.

It was damaged early Wednesday while travelling from Qatar with a cargo of crude for Japan.

A photograph of the damage released on Thursday showed a big dent in the side of the tanker.

(Reporting by Amena Bakr; Editing by Jason Neely)

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1 Comment

  1. S Mehta on July 31, 2010 10:31 am

    Probably a US stealth sub that got too stealthy for its own good.


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