The Gulf Tit for Tat

The tanker war heats up

Iran's action was predictable and came right on cue last week as the tanker war in the Persian Gulf claimed two more victims. Four days after a series of Iraqi air strikes against shipping in the strategic waterway, Iranian jets rocketed the Indian supertanker Kanchenjunga, destroying the vessel's bridge. The crew was able to bring the resulting fire under control, and the 276,744- ton ship, laden with 1.4 million bbl. of Saudi crude, headed for Dubai for repairs. The following day Iranian aircraft scored two hits on the 238,959-ton Spanish tanker Aragon. Though damaged, the vessel continued its journey.

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