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07 December 2023

Fire off Dubai port is out

Oil tanker on fire off Jebel Ali port. This photo was clicked by a pilot of a sea plane on Tuesday afternoon shortly after the fire broke out  (PICTURE COURTESY SEA WINGS)

By Criselda E. Diala
Local authorities have extinguished the fire that damaged an oil tanker after it collided with a container vessel off the coast of Jebel Ali Port, according to Sarah Lockie, the spokesperson for DP World.

Lockie told Emirates Business, fire at the inbound tanker was put out by 3pm (local time) and Jebel Ali channel was cleared. No casualties have been reported.

Aside from two crewmen who were rescued from the water with slight injuries, all crew on board both vessels were evacuated safely.

“The channel is now clear and traffic in the channel is back to normal,” confirmed Lockie.

The oil tanker, called Kashmir, was carrying around 30,000 tonnes of petroleum products worth $9 million (Dh33.12 million) from Iran to the Jebel Ali Port when it collided with a mid-sized container feeder vessel around 12:20pm on Tuesday. The incident occurred five miles out in the sea.

Authorities did not mention the cause of the incident. (With reports from Agencies)