July 28, 2010 / 12:04 PM / 7 years ago

Freak wave hit Japanese supertanker - UAE official

DUBAI, July 28 (Reuters) - A freak wave hit a Japanese supertanker passing through a strategic Gulf shipping lane, causing damage, a United Arab Emirates port official said on Wednesday.

"We have contacted the ship. The cause of the incident was a freak wave and there is damage in the upper accommodation decks of the ship and a few injured people on board," a general manager at the UAE port of Fujairah told Reuters.

The ship is slated to arrive at Fujeirah port at 1300 GMT where it will be checked before resuming its voyage to Japan, he said.

"The ship is not being tugged and there is no damage to the engine," he added.

Reporting by Amena Bakr; Editing by Amran Abocar

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