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Japanese tanker, M.Star, leaves Fujairah Port after hull damage repair: UAE source

Aug 6, 2010 - 10:09 -

WAM Abu Dhabi, Aug. 2010 (WAM) -- The Japanese tanker M. Star left the Port of Fujairah today after repairing damage to its starboard side incurred when it was the target of a terrorist attack while passing through international waters near the Strait of Hormuz at midnight on Wednesday 28 July 2010.

A responsible source at the UAE Coast Guard said that investigations and an examination carried out by specialised teams had confirmed that the tanker had been the subject of a terrorist attack.

The source said: ''After the tanker had anchored 12 nautical miles off the Port of Fujairah, UAE explosives experts who collected and examined samples found a dent on the starboard side above the water line and remains of home-made explosives on the hull........Probably the tanker had encountered a terrorist attack from a boat loaded with explosives".

The master of the tanker expressed his profound thanks to the UAE authorities for their swift response to the tanker's request to anchor near the Port of Fujairah for investigation, survey and cold repairs and to make sure of its safety, seaworthiness and ability to pursue its voyage under its own power to Japan.

The captain said this humanitarian gesture demonstrates the deep friendship bonds between his country and the UAE and the latter's commitment to the international relevant laws and charters.

The attack on the tanker caused no human injuries or spills of oil.

WAM/AB