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Explosion on Greek tanker in Saudi port of Al Shuqaiq, no injuries: official

Published on November 25, 2020

An explosion occurred on a Greek tanker in the Saudi Arabia port of Al Shuqaiq, but no one was injured in the blast and the causes were still not clear, the Greek ministry of the merchant marine said on Wednesday.

“The explosion happened around 0300 local time (0000 GMT), but the causes have not yet been identified,” a ministry press official said.

The Agrari MT tanker was flying a Maltese flag and there were 25 crew members onboard including seven Greeks, the official said.

“The crew’s health is good,” a senior ministry official said.

Owned by the Economou group of companies, the tanker was carrying no cargo when the explosion happened, the ministry added.

All damage to the ship was above the waterline, one ministry source who asked not to be named said.

The source added that Saudi Arabian police were investigating the cause of the blast.