A fire onboard two oil tankers that injured nine sailors at a South Korean port has been put out, the Yonhap news agency said on Saturday.
The action appeared to be in retaliation for Athens' assistance in the US seizure of crude oil from an Iranian-flagged tanker this week in the Mediterranean Sea over violating Washington's crushing sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
Freight rates for US crude tankers bound for Asia were bid up to a more than three-year peak this week as US sanctions on a Chinese transport giant cut vessel availability,
The explosions "resulted in the death of a Pakistani national and two Indian nationals, and six others sustained mild to moderate injuries," according to state news agency WAM.
Both the police and Rescue 1122 did not say how the blaze started. A video clip of the incident posted online showed several oil tankers parked in the yard with some of them engulfed by flames.
Oil prices gained for a fourth straight session as data showed a drawdown in US crude stockpiles, adding to ongoing worries of tight supply, which have offset concerns over a weaker global economy and demand.
The navy of the Indian Ocean island nation confirmed one crew member from the MT New Diamond had died "in a boiler explosion.” The fire that started Thursday in an engine room boiler injured one other crew member.
The officer explained that by arriving at the coordinates that were specified by the command and control room, he witnessed the exchange of petroleum materials between the ship and the launch.
The crew of a Greek-operated oil tanker in the English channel that was stormed by British special forces on Sunday are safe after what the government said was a suspected hijacking, a minister said on Monday.
Five people including four firefighters were injured, an emergency services spokesperson said. Amateur footage aired on state television's website showed black smoke billowing into the sky above people appearing to panic as firefighters move in. But the governor denied there was an explosion.