Iranian VLCC disabled, under tow in Red sea
Crude oil tanker HAPPINESS I loaded with some 140000 tons of oil loaded at Kharg Island Oil Terminal, Iran, suffered reportedly, engine and steering failure in Red sea south of Jeddah, while sailing in Red sea, in the morning Apr 30, with Suez shown as port of destination. Tanker drifted until morning May 1, reportedly issuing distress call and asking for assistance. Saudi Arabia MRCC was put in charge of rescue operation, tugs were sent, to tow disabled tanker to nearest Saudi port, Jeddah. Towage commenced in the morning May 1, as of 1300 UTC May 2 tugs and tanker were approaching Jeddah.
Water ingress in engine room was mentioned, but there’s no confirmation of it. Understood there’s no oil leak, risk of crude oil leak seems to be highly unlikely.
NITC already issued a statement rejecting oil leak rumors.
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