Frontline rules out mechanical, human error in Front Altair explosion
Frontline provided an update on the LR2 tanker Front Altair, stating: "On the morning of June 13, an explosion occurred on the Front Altair shortly after the vessel had passed through the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf. Frontline was able to deploy emergency responders in a timely manner, who extinguished fire on the vessel within hours of the incident and ensured no pollution resulted. Contrary to media reports, the vessel remains afloat and is being attended to by a salvage vessel. The cause of the explosion remains unknown to the company, although we have ruled out the possibility that it was caused by mechanical or human error. The incident will be thoroughly investigated by the company along with third parties, including governmental officials, to determine the cause. As geopolitical tensions rise in the Persian Gulf, the company is intensely focused on the safety in this region. Until further information is received regarding the cause of the explosion and the security of this important shipping lane is secured, Frontline will exercise extreme caution when considering new contracts in the region."