On 6 October 2002 at 8 am, the French double hull oil tanker the Limburg was hit by explosives from a small craft. The vessel, with a total capacity of 300,000 tonnes, was going to the loading buoy (SBM) at the Ash Shihr oil terminal (Hadramawt province) with 57,000 tonnes of crude Arabian heavy to top off, after a stop in Ra’s Tannura (Saudi Arabia), when the explosion occured at 3 km from the terminal.
As a result of the attack, the starboard tank number 4 was holed in two places, and the spilled hydrocarbon went on fire. The fire lasted for 36 hours. It was fought by the tug boat present next to the SBM loading buoy and by the security staff of Nexen company.
Date: 6 October 2002
Accident area: 3 nautical miles from Ash-Shihr port, Hadramawt province, Yemen
Cause of spill: attack
Quantity transported: 57,000 tonnes
Quantity spilled: 12,000 tonnes
Type of pollutant: crude Arabian heavy
Ship type: oil tanker
Details on type: double hull
Date built: 2000
Length: 330 m
Flag: French (Kerguelen)
Owner: EURONAY (Luxembourg)
Last update: April 2006