At 132211ZDEC20 UKMTO is aware a MT has experienced an explosion in position 212353N 0390517E whist carrying out operations. Investigations are ongoing.
UPDATE 01: There are also unconfirmed reports of a second vessel being involved in an incident. Investigations are ongoing.
UKMTO has been informed that the Port of Jeddah is closed, duration unknown.
UPDATE 02: The explosion was reportedly external, causing an internal fire which was extinguished within the hour and no casualties have been reported. A survey for underwater damage is ongoing.
UKMTO is aware of reports of another possible incident in the vicinity of Jeddah Port. Investigations are ongoing.
VESSELS TRANSITING THE AREA ARE ADVISED TO EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION
Source : UKMTO Watchkeeper