Fujairah denies port explosion

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PressTV-Massive explosions reported at UAE port

Fujairah denies port explosion

Seven oil tankers were reported to have caught fire in the United Arab Emirates port of Fujairah today. The authorities deny that anything at all happened and it's business as usual. American and French aircraft were also reported as flying over the area.

Earlier this week, there were a number of explosions in Saudi Arabia’s port of Yanbu. The two events may or may not be related.

PressTV-Powerful explosions heard in Saudi Arabia's Yanbu': Report
 
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PressTV-Massive explosions reported at UAE port

Fujairah denies port explosion

Seven oil tankers were reported to have caught fire in the United Arab Emirates port of Fujairah today. The authorities deny that anything at all happened and it's business as usual. American and French aircraft were also reported as flying over the area.

Earlier this week, there were a number of explosions in Saudi Arabia’s port of Yanbu. The two events may or may not be related.

PressTV-Powerful explosions heard in Saudi Arabia's Yanbu': Report
Nothing to see here; responsible government authorities have everything under control. Yeah, right!
  • Four commercial cargo ships were subjected to sabotage operations on Sunday, May 12, near UAE territorial waters in the Gulf of Oman, east of Fujairah
  • Latest development was announced by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, in a statement.
  • The concerned authorities have taken all necessary measures, and are investigating the incident in cooperation with local and international bodies.
  • No injuries or fatalities on board the vessels reported; no spillage of harmful chemicals or fuel.
4 commercial ships subjected to sabotage operations off Fujairah
 
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Oh dear.
When do we step in ? ( never , hopefully )
 
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Oh dear.
When do we step in ? ( never , hopefully )


...Don't be too sure, its oil, the worlds most traded commodity, where there is money involved, ( money and politics are stable mates) and in vast amounts, the political military complex of first world countries, with vested interest in making, or in this case potentially losing millions, will not idly stand by, at some point the military will step in, if only to "Guard and advise". As you say, "Hopefully not us".................... War is war, but business is business.
 
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Nothing to see here; responsible government authorities have everything under control. Yeah, right!

  • Four commercial cargo ships were subjected to sabotage operations on Sunday, May 12, near UAE territorial waters in the Gulf of Oman, east of Fujairah
  • Latest development was announced by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, in a statement.
  • The concerned authorities have taken all necessary measures, and are investigating the incident in cooperation with local and international bodies.
  • No injuries or fatalities on board the vessels reported; no spillage of harmful chemicals or fuel.
4 commercial ships subjected to sabotage operations off Fujairah
That is interesting. Four vessels sabotaged at sea - potentially driving up shipping insurance costs and the price of oil.

What form did the sabotage take?

Oh dear.
When do we step in ? ( never , hopefully )
The UK has a long term naval presence in the Gulf.
 
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That is interesting. Four vessels sabotaged at sea - potentially driving up shipping insurance costs and the price of oil.

What form did the sabotage take The UK has a long term naval presence in the Gulf.
...so we will be getting involved, even if its only on look out patrol.
 
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Nothing to see here; responsible government authorities have everything under control. Yeah, right!

  • Four commercial cargo ships were subjected to sabotage operations on Sunday, May 12, near UAE territorial waters in the Gulf of Oman, east of Fujairah
They may technically be telling the truth as the explosions didn't happen IN the port.

Dubai - The media office of the Government of Fujairah issued a statement on Sunday that denies reports of explosions in the emirate's port.

The statement has denied media reports of strong explosions that struck Fujairah port on Sunday morning, confirming that the port is operating as usual.
 
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They may technically be telling the truth as the explosions didn't happen IN the port.
True, and particularly if it was outside territorial waters (and therefore legal accountability/juristiction), but does seem to be another 'deny and avoid' attempt by the local authorities.
 
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They may technically be telling the truth as the explosions didn't happen IN the port.
I think it will be outside of the Port.

I've been to Fujairah quite a few times between 2013 and 2016. On the passage in I was amazed with the number of tankers and general cargo ships sitting off the port at anchor. Apparently its a good spot to wait for the oil price to reach its lowest point and then dash in and get it. It would also be pretty impossible to do proper security at the anchorage. The USN at least had a small base their running scruffy Patrol boats for security of visiting coalition ships which are not unusual visitors.
 
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As soon as the Septics can finger the Iranians I suppose.
Ta Dah!

The false/early newspaper reporting by an Iranian-affiliated Lebanese outlet leaves much open to conspiracy theorists though.

'The US has warned ships that “Iran or its proxies” could be targeting maritime traffic in the region. America is deploying an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf to counter alleged threats from Tehran.

'Shortly after the Saudi announcement, Iran’s Foreign Ministry called for further clarification about what exactly happened with the vessels. The ministry’ spokesman, Abbas Mousavi, was quoted by the official IRNA news agency as saying there should be more information about the incident. Mousavi also warned against any “conspiracy orchestrated by ill-wishers” and “adventurism by foreigners” to undermine the maritime region’s stability and security.'

Oil tankers damaged by ‘sabotage attacks’
 
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The carrier is the usual six-monthly rotation, and the B-52s relieve a B-1 unit that went home a few weeks ago. This tanker sabotage thing is weird, though, especially the Iranians fingering themselves....I'll get my coat
 

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