Strait of Hormuz open after tanker, U.S. navy ship collide

DUBAI/MUSCAT Sun Aug 12, 2012 9:56am EDT

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DUBAI/MUSCAT (Reuters) - An oil tanker collided with a U.S. Navy ship near the Strait of Hormuz on Sunday but no one was hurt and shipping traffic in the waterway, through which 40 percent of the world's seaborne oil exports pass, was not affected, officials said.

"Both vessels are okay and the Strait of Hormuz is not closed, and business is as usual there," an Oman coastguard official told Reuters, declining to be named.

The Bahrain-based U.S. Fifth Fleet said the Panamanian-flagged, Japanese-owned bulk oil tanker M/V Otowasan collided with the USS Porter, a guided-missile destroyer, in the early hours of Sunday.

The navy vessel remained able to operate under its own power after the collision, which was not combat-related, the statement added without elaborating on how the accident happened. An investigation was underway.

Photographs released by the U.S. Navy showed a large dent, several meters (yards) high, in the starboard side of the USS Porter just in front of the ship's superstructure and above the waterline. Personnel hung over the side inspecting the damage.

Tensions have risen in the Gulf this year as Iran has threatened to close the strait to international shipping if its dispute with the United States over its nuclear program escalates. Washington says it maintains naval forces in the Gulf to ensure security in the region.

The oil tanker, owned by Japan's Mitsui OSK, was bound for the United Arab Emirates port of Fujairah from Mesaieed in Qatar, according to ship tracking websites.

(Reporting by Andrew Hammond, Raissa Kasolowsky and Saleh al-Shaibany; Writing by Amran Abocar and Andrew Torchia; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

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Comments (5)
“Washington says it maintains naval forces in the Gulf to ensure security in the region.”

Apparently reuters don’t know that every war in the region has been caused by the US and Israel…

You can pretty much think the exact opposite of whatever this imperial mouthpiece is saying, and you’ll end up with a much better idea of whats going on!

Aug 12, 2012 9:13am EDT  --  Report as abuse
TruthMonitor wrote:
A “large dent” from a collision? What are these vaunted US warships made of? Was the Japanese tanker dented?

Aug 12, 2012 11:11am EDT  --  Report as abuse
rationalgordo wrote:
“A “large dent” from a collision? What are these vaunted US warships made of? Was the Japanese tanker dented?”

Steel…

Aug 12, 2012 12:08pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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