United Arab Shipping Co. said an explosion Saturday morning in the engine room of its ship Asir,
while en route from Suez to Jeddah, injured three officers.
The ship is adrift and the company has entered into towage contracts to move it to its destination in Jeddah.
Another UASC vessel, Jebel Ali,
is providing standby assistance until the towing operations commence. Efforts are continuing to restore power to the ship, which has a capacity of 4101 TEUs, according to the company's Website.
UASC said there is no damage to cargo nor any pollution. The company said it will issue further information on discharge and delivery of cargo, when the ship gets closer to Jeddah. - Chris Dupin