Tanker with million barrels of oil is ablaze off Yemen after pirate attack
Source: BI-ME with Bloomberg , Author: Posted by BI-ME staff
Posted: Wed July 6, 2011 7:51 pm

INTERNATIONAL. An oil tanker carrying 1 million barrels of fuel oil was on fire off the Yemeni coast after being attacked by pirates.

The 274-meter (900-foot) Brillante Virtuoso was carrying the oil to China from Ukraine, said Andreas Louka, legal adviser to Suez Fortune Investment Ltd., the owner.

The crew of 26 are uninjured and the ship is being towed by two tugs, he said by phone from Athens today.

The vessel was attacked by pirates about 20 miles from Aden in southern Yemen while approaching the port to take onboard unarmed guards, Louka said. It was then scheduled to continue its journey to China, he said. The fire is in the accommodation block of the ship, which has a carrying capacity of 149,601 deadweight tons, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Pirates attacked a record number of ships worldwide in the first quarter, taking 344 sailors hostage and killing seven, according to the International Maritime Bureau. A total of 142 attacks were reported, the most for the period since monitoring began in 1991, the London-based IMB said in April.

Crude oil traded in New York, a global benchmark, rose 35% in the past 12 months.

 

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: April 17, 2014
KUWAIT. According to a newly released report by Kuwait Finance House Research, the global sukuk market saw a modest volume of US$31.14 billion in new sukuk issuances in 1Q2014. This volume represents a drop of 9.82% compared to US$34.53 billion worth of issuances in 1Q13.
date:Posted: April 16, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The WGC pointed out that the Chinese bank savings amount to US$7.5 trillion but only about US$300 billionn is allocated to gold, signifying the potential for gold demand to grow as Chinese wealth climbs.
date:Posted: April 16, 2014
UAE. "A similar drop to 2013 is unlikely. Those who wanted to get out of gold did, and the rest of 2014 will probably be a year of sideways trading."
SAUDI ARABIA. The GCC said in a statement that foreign ministers of the six-member body had met in Riyadh for a comprehensive review of measures used to implement foreign and security policies.
dhgate