An oil tanker has burst into flames during loading at Equinor's Sture oil terminal on Norway's west coast, Reuters reported citing police sources. The Sture oil terminal is being evacuated, the police said.
A few hours later, the fire service reported that the fire on the oil tanker had been put out.
"There is a fire in the machine room of a vessel in the Sture area. We do not know what caused the fire. The incident happened during the loading of oil from Sture", an Equinor spokesman stated as quoted by Reuters.
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According to unconfirmed information, the Aframax-type oil tanker can carry up to 115,340 deadweight tonnes and was earlier docked at the Sture oil terminal.
The Sture terminal in the Municipality of Øygarden in Hordaland is a major tanker port for crude oil, the company Equinor says on its website, adding that the terminal receives crude oil from Oseberg, Grane, Edvard Grieg, and Svalin.