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Tanker catches fire near Strait of Hormuz

Christian Fernsby ▼ | January 30, 2020
A tanker has reportedly caught on fire just west of the Strait of Hormuz.
VLCC Zoya 1
Sea incident   VLCC Zoya 1
The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) said it has received reports that the vessel is ablaze 21 nautical miles (39 km) northwest of United Arabs Emirates city Sharjah.

Topics: Tanker fire Strait of Hormuz

"Vessels transiting the area are advised to exercise extreme caution," UKMTO said in a bulletin on its web site.

UKMTO officials would not identify the ship but said Emirati coast guard is offering assistance.

Coast guard officials have reportedly named the ship as 300,500-dwt VLCC Zoya 1 (built 1996).