Yemen oil tanker poses ‘catastrophic environmental threat’, warns UK

The rusting FSO SAFER oil tanker has 1.14 million barrels of crude oil on board

Burning oil tanker in East China Sea sinks

The Sanchi oil tanker burning in the East China Sea for more than a week has sunk. That’s according to Chinese media reports, which say all 32 crew members on the ship have been killed. The Sanchi and a cargo ship collided 160 miles off Shanghai just over a week ago. The tanker, which was carrying […]

Oil tanker explodes off Japan’s coast

A Japanese oil tanker exploded off the nation’s south-west coast today, leaving one of the eight people aboard missing. Reports claim four of them were injured, suffering severe burns, in the accident near Himeji port – around 280 miles west of Tokyo. Pictures show the 998-tonne Shoko Maru tanker tilted to its left in the […]

Pirates ‘hijack oil tanker off Nigerian coast’

A Nigerian-flagged oil tanker was attacked by armed pirates off the coast of Nigeria in West Africa over the weekend, according to reports. Gunmen are believed to have boarded the MT Matrix around 40 miles off the Nigerian state of Bayela early Saturday morning taking a number of crew hostage. 12 Pakistani and five Nigerian […]

US Navy ship collides with oil tanker

A US Navy ship collided with a Japanese-owned oil tanker over the weekend near the Strait of Hormuz. The USS Porter, a guided missile destroyer (pictured), was on scheduled deployment to the area when it crashed with the merchant vessel in the early hours on Sunday. No spills or leaks have been reported and the […]

Oil tanker hijacked by suspected Somali pirates

A Greek-owned oil tanker has apparently been hijacked off the coast of Oman by suspected Somali pirates. Reports claim the Liberian-flagged ship Smyrni, carrying 135,000 metric tonnes of crude oil, was seized on Thursday in the Arabian Sea. A crew of eight is said to be on board the vessel. A statement from the tanker […]

Iran blocked oil shipment to Greece?

Iran reportedly stopped an oil shipment to Greece over the weekend. When Greek tankers arrived at an Iranian port they were refused their 500,000 barrel oil cargo, said semi-official Iranian news agency Fars. However an Iranian oil official has denied the action, while the Greek oil refiner Hellenic Petroleum which was due to receive the […]

Pirates take oil tanker off coast of Nigeria

An oil tanker has been seized by pirates off the coast of Nigeria. It is understood they plan to steal the vessel’s oil. A source told the Associated Press the hijacking took place off the coast of Port Harcourt in the south east of the country. The ship has been named as MT Halifax in […]