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July 16, 2020

Seven ships catch fire at Bushehr port in Iran

Seven ships have caught on fire on 15 July in the shipyard in the Bushehr port, Iran.

Seven ships have caught on fire on 15 July in the shipyard in the Bushehr port, Iran.

The incident was reported by state-run Islamic Republic News Agency, which did not cite a reason behind the fires.

Bushehr Province crisis management organisation head Jahangir Dehghani said that there were no injuries or deaths reported and the fire was later contained.

Bloomberg reported that the fire incident follows many unexplained explosions, which occurred recently.

BBC reported that earlier this week, a fire broke out at an industrial zone in Mashhad, following which a fire was reported in a petrochemical facility in Mahshahr, which is said to have occurred due to an oil leak.

On 2 July, explosions were reported at Natanz uranium enrichment plant, and on 26 June, blasts occurred at Khojir missile production facility.

Bushehr Province houses the only nuclear plant of Iran and is located approximately 20km away from the city.

Officials are reported to have begun investigations regarding the incidents to uncover if they are due to sabotage.

In January last year, a fire that broke out on board two Tanzanian-flagged cargo tankers, travelling off the coast of Russia, claimed the lives of ten people.

Ten crew members were found missing, following the incident, which took place in the Kerch Strait near Crimea, according to Russia’s Novorossiysk maritime rescue centre.

In March 2018, four crew members were missing after a container vessel operated by Danish shipping company AP Moller-Maersk subsidiary Maersk Line caught fire in the Arabian Sea.

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