UAE rescues crew of fire-ravaged oil tanker

By Eudore R. Chand

ABU DHABI 30 January 2020: The Federal Transport Authority – Land & Maritime, said Wednesday all concerned departments were working to extinguish a fire, which broke out on board an unloaded Panamanian-flagged tanker sailing 21 miles off the UAE after it had sent a distress call.

“Teams of rescue and emergency response at ports started providing the necessary help once they received the distress call and rescued the tanker’s crew,” the authority said in a statement to Wam.

The Federal Transport Authority confirmed the tanker is “not loaded with any oil shipments and early reports attribute the incident to an accident during maintenance operations.”

Dubai Gazette