M/V Brilliante Virtuoso tanker

UPDATE: Oil Tanker Fire Off Yemen Extinguished After Attack

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July 7, 2011

M/V Brilliante Virtuoso tanker
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LONDON (Dow Jones)–A fire that broke out on an oil tanker after a pirate attack off the Yemeni coast has now been extinguished, an official at the company managing the ship said Wednesday.

Though a large-scale oil disaster appears to have been avoided, news of the fire on the 1 million barrels tanker will revive security fears on a shipping route that has suffered increasingly bold attacks from Somali pirates.

The fire “was extinguished,” said Andreas Louka, a legal adviser at Athens’ Central Mare Inc., the company managing the Brillante Virtuoso tanker.

Asked if the tanker, which was on its way from Ukraine to China, could still deliver its cargo, Louka said “they are going to assess” the damage first.

“The crew is safe, the vessel is safe. There is no pollution,” the official has previously said.

-By Benoit Faucon, Dow Jones Newswires

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