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Front Altair tanker catches fire in Gulf of Oman; attack feared

Singapore — The 2016 built and Marshall Island flagged, Long Range II tanker, the Front Altair has caught fire near the Gulf of Oman amid concerns over a possible attack, multiple shipping sources in Singapore and Shanghai said Thursday.

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While the cause of the fire could not be immediately ascertained, brokers, chartering sources and a shipping agent confirmed that at least two tankers, including the Front Altair, have been damaged and its crew has been evacuated.

The owner of the Front Altair, Frontline, could not be immediately reached for comment.

The incident comes close on the heels of four tankers being attacked near the Gulf of Oman a month ago.

The Front Altair was scheduled to carry a naphtha cargo from the Persian Gulf to Japan, shipping sources said.

So far no formal statement has been issued from the port authorities in the region.

--Vickey Du, Vickey.du@spglobal.com

--Pradeep Rajan, Pradeep.rajan@spglobal.com

--Sameer C. Mohindru, sameer@mohindruspglobal.com

--Edited by Norazlina Juma'at, norazlina.jumaat@spglobal.com