Latest on suspected attacks on tankers in Gulf of Oman

(Adds tanker owners suspending Gulf bookings)

June 13 (Reuters) - Here is the latest from Reuters on suspected attacks on two tankers on Thursday south of the Strait of Hormuz, through which almost a fifth of the world's oil is shipped:

* Panama-listed tanker Kokuka Courageous was damaged in a "suspected attack" that breached the hull above the water line, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement said * The ship was attacked twice in three hours before all the crew were evacuated, the president of Japanese owner Kokuka Sangyo told reporters

* There had been an engine room fire on the tanker, which
was carrying a cargo of methanol from Saudi Arabia to Singapore
* A second ship, the Marshall Islands-flagged Front Altair,
was "suspected of being hit by a torpedo" at around 0400 GMT,
said Taiwanese refiner CPC Corp, which had chartered the vessel
* The Aframax-class tanker loaded with 75,000 tonnes of
naphtha was on fire, said Norwegian owner Frontline
* Frontline said the Front Altair was afloat, denying a
report by Iran's IRNA news agency that it had sunk
* It was travelling from Ruwais, United Arab Emirates, to
Taiwan, according to trade sources and Refinitiv Eikon data
* All 44 sailors from the two ships have been rescued by
Iranian search and rescue teams, Tehran's Islamic Republic News
Agency (IRNA) reported, citing an unnamed informed source
* The Bahrain-based U.S. Navy Fifth Fleet said it was
assisting after receiving distress calls
* Oil prices surged by 4% on the news
* Tanker owners DHT Holdings and Heidmar suspended new
bookings to the Gulf, three ship brokers said

(Reporting by Koustav Samanta and Jessica Jaganathan in Singapore, Liang-Sa Loh and Yimou Lee in Taipei, Terje Solsvik in Oslo and Jonathan Saul in London; editing by Jason Neely)

First Published: 2019-06-13 11:11:29
Updated 2019-06-13 14:16:34

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