Product tanker WISDOM, anchored off Baniyas, Syria, suffered explosion followed by fire in one of cargo tanks during wielding works on Apr 24. Three people were killed by explosion, including two crew and one worker, according to Syrian authorities. Fire was extinguished same day. Many news agencies so far, believe explosion and fire were the result of Israeli missile or drone attack, but presence of worker on board confirms Syrian official version. WISDOM is understood to be deployed, at least occasionally, as a lighter tanker, to offload crude oil from VLCC tankers, and to deliver it to Baniyas Refinery, with local workers involved in maintenance when need arises.
Baniyas waters area is a black hole, with regards to tankers’ AIS. All tankers operating in these waters switch their AIS off. Last AIS position of WISDOM was recorded some two months ago, northeast of Cyprus.