A U.S. Navy ship collided with an oil tanker close to the Strait of Hormuz on Sunday, and Oman is spreading the word that the waterway remains open and no one was injured during incident.
Some 40 percent of the world's seaborne oil exports pass through the strait, so concerns over price and availability of oil have been raised, but these are unfounded according to a statement from Oman officials. The statement said no traffic has been effected and it's business as usual.
The USS Porter
, a guided-missile destroyer collided with the Japanese-owned bulk oil tanker Otowasan
, a Panamanian-flagged vessel, but both were able to operate under their own power after the collision. Images from local media show a large dent in the Navy vessel.
The Navy and local officials have said there is currently an investigation as to how this occurred, and the Navy clarified its ship was not part of any combat-related activity in the area.
The Bahrain-based U.S. Fifth Fleet is part of the U.S. force in the area that the Obama Administration says it keeps in place to ensure safety in the region. Tensions have been high this year as disputes over nuclear programs have led to threats of blockades and closure of the strait. - Geoff Whiting