July 29, 2010 / 9:59 AM / in 7 years

Japanese supertanker was in collision: official

FUJAIARAH, United Arab Emirates (Reuters) - A Japanese supertanker damaged near the strategic Strait of Hormuz was involved in a collision, but the cause was unknown, a Fujairah ports official said on Thursday.

“What we know is some collision happened. We don’t know what it was,” Captain Mousa Mourad told a news conference.

Japanese shipper Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd said it had hired a specialist on military attacks to help investigate unexplained damage to its vessel the M. Star.

It was damaged early Wednesday while traveling from Qatar with a cargo of crude for Japan.

A photograph of the damage released on Thursday showed a big dent in the side of the tanker.

Reporting by Amena Bakr; Editing by Jason Neely

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