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Tanker catches fire near Strait of Hormuz

Christian Fernsby |
A tanker has reportedly caught on fire just west of the Strait of Hormuz.

Topics: TANKER    FIRE    STRAIT OF HORMUZ   

The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) said it has received reports that the vessel is ablaze 21 nautical miles (39 km) northwest of United Arabs Emirates city Sharjah.

"Vessels transiting the area are advised to exercise extreme caution," UKMTO said in a bulletin on its web site.

UKMTO officials would not identify the ship but said Emirati coast guard is offering assistance.

Coast guard officials have reportedly named the ship as 300,500-dwt VLCC Zoya 1 (built 1996).