A Singapore-registered commercial oil tanker, BW RHINE, anchored at the Port of Jeddah, was reported to be damaged in the early hours of 14 December 2020. This resulted in a small fire and hull damage but none of the vessel’s 22 crew members were injured and there were no Singaporeans on board. The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore is currently investigating the incident with the relevant Saudi authorities.
According to an official spokesman from the Ministry of Energy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the vessel was attacked by an “explosive-laden boat”. Singapore condemns all attacks on commercial vessels which pose a serious threat to the security and safety of international maritime navigation and trade.
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MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
16 DECEMBER 2020