Philippine Sea

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Update on Damaged Tanker in Strait of Hormuz

Initial report here. Good comments - probably not an earthquake...

NY Times: Questions Swirl About Damaged Japanese Tanker
With the tanker docked in the United Arab Emirates, the owner, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, and port officials puzzled over precisely what had shattered windows on the vessel, knocked off a lifeboat and punched a dent into its hull. The damage was apparently inflicted early Wednesday morning in the Strait of Hormuz, a passageway for shipping much of the world’s oil from the Middle East.

Mitsui officials said that crew members on the ship, the M. Star, had seen a flash and heard an explosion. They also dismissed earlier speculation by officials in Iran and Oman that the damage had been caused by a “freak wave.”
Me, I'm liking the meteor theory proposed by MDB in the comments to my original post.

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