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Oil tanker runs aground in Lhaviyani atoll

The STO's oil tanker named "Guraab" that was run aground a reef in Lhaviyani atoll on October 16, 2017. PHOTO / MNDF

Product tanker GURAAB, IMO 8221961, dwt 1907, built 1983, flag Maldives, owner State Trading Organization (STO).The STO’s oil tanker named “Guraab” that was run aground a reef in Lhaviyani atoll on October 16, 2017. PHOTO / MNDF

An oil tanker of State Trading Organisation (STO) early on Monday morning ran aground a reef near the island of Felivaru in Lhaviyani Atoll.

According to the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF), the oil tanker had set off from the island of Milandhoo in the northern Shaviyani atoll to the capital Male when the incident happened.

The boat is carrying petroleum, and has 12 people onboard, MNDF revealed.

MNDF said that it was made aware of the incident at around 6:15 a.m. on Monday and that the soldiers stationed at the northern area are currently at the scene.

MNDF’s coastguard divers have also been dispatched to support the rescue of the oil tanker.

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