Maritime Jewel

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  • Limburg (2000–2003)
  • Maritime Jewel (2003–2018)
OwnerTanker Pacific Management (2003)
Port of registry
  • Luxembourg Luxembourg
  • France France
BuilderDaewoo Shipbuilding
Yard number5125
Laid down24 May 1999
Launched28 August 1999
Completed5 January 2000
In service2000
Out of service2018
IdentificationIMO number9184392
FateBroken up at Chittagong on 15 May 2018
General characteristics
Class and typeCrude oil tanker
  • 299,364 DWT
  • 157,833 GT
  • 108,708 NT
  • 332.0 m (1,089.2 ft) oa
  • 320.3 m (1,050.9 ft) pp
Beam58.0 m (190.3 ft)
Installed powerDiesel engine, 1 shaft
Speed15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)

Maritime Jewel was a double-hulled oil tanker launched in 1999 and completed in 2000. Entering service that year, the ship was known as MV Limburg until 2003. The 332-metre (1,089 ft) ship carried crude oil between ports in Iran and Malaysia. On 6 October 2002, Limburg was attacked by suicide bombers,[quantify] causing roughly 90,000 barrels (14,000 m3) to leak into the Gulf of Aden. One crew member was killed and twelve more wounded in the attack. Four days after the attack, the tanker was towed to Dubai where she was repaired and renamed Maritime Jewel. Maritime Jewel was broken up for scrap at Chittagong, Bangladesh on 15 May 2018.


Ordered as Limburg the vessel was 332.0 m (1,089.2 ft) long overall and 320.3 m (1,050.9 ft) between perpendiculars with a beam of 58.0 m (190.3 ft). The ship's gross tonnage (GT) was 157,833 tons, with a deadweight tonnage (DWT) of 299,364 tons and a net tonnage (NT) of 108,708 tons. The ship was powered by a diesel engine driving one shaft giving the vessel a maximum speed of 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph).[1]


Limburg's keel was laid down on 24 May 1999 and the ship was launched on 28 August 1999. Limburg was completed on 5 January 2000 and entered service that year.[1]


On 6 October 2002, Limburg was carrying 397,000 barrels (63,100 m3) of crude oil from Saudi Arabia to Malaysia, and was in the Gulf of Aden off Yemen to pick up another load of oil. She was registered under a French flag and had been chartered by the Malaysian petrol firm Petronas. While she was 3 km off the port of Al-Shihr,[2] suicide bombers rammed an explosives-laden dinghy into the starboard side of the tanker.[3] Upon detonation the vessel caught fire and approximately 90,000 barrels (14,000 m3) of oil leaked into the Gulf of Aden.[failed verification][4][5] Although Yemeni officials initially claimed that the explosion was caused by an accident, later investigations found traces of TNT on the damaged ship.

One crew member was killed, and twelve other crew members were injured.[6] The fire was extinguished, and four days later Limburg was towed to Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The ship was renamed Maritime Jewel, bought by Tanker Pacific, and repaired at Dubai Drydocks from March to August 2003.[7][8] The attack caused the short-term collapse of international shipping in the Gulf of Aden and as a result, cost Yemen $3.8 million a month in port revenues.[9]


Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for the attack on the website, which has since been shut down. Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, who allegedly also masterminded the USS Cole bombing, was charged by US military prosecutors for planning the attack.[10] Osama bin Laden issued a statement, which read:

By exploding the oil tanker in Yemen, the holy warriors hit the umbilical cord and lifeline of the crusader community, reminding the enemy of the heavy cost of blood and the gravity of losses they will pay as a price for their continued aggression on our community and looting of our wealth.[9]

On 3 February 2006, Fawaz Yahya al-Rabeiee, who had been sentenced to death for the Limburg attack,[citation needed] and 22 other suspected or convicted Al-Qaeda members escaped from jail in Yemen. Among them was Jamal al-Badawi, who masterminded the USS Cole bombing of 12 October 2000. Of the 23 escapees, 13 had been convicted of the Cole and Limburg bombings.[11] On 1 October 2006, al-Rabeiee and Mohammed Daylami were shot and killed by Yemeni security forces during raids on two buildings in the capital Sana'a. One of al-Rabeiee's accomplices was also arrested during the raids. In February 2014 Ahmed al-Darbi pleaded guilty before the Guantanamo military commission to helping plan several maritime terrorist attacks including the Limburg attack. By the time of the attack, al-Darbi was already detained at Guantanamo.[3]


Maritime Jewel was broken up for scrap at Chittagong, Bangladesh on 1 May 2018.[1]


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  3. ^ a b Savage, Charles (20 February 2014). "Guantánamo Detainee Pleads Guilty in 2002 Attack on Tanker Off Yemen". The New York Times. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  4. ^ "A Synopsis of the Terrorist Threat Facing the O&G Industry". Oil and Gas Industry Terrorism Monitor. Archived from the original on 25 March 2007. Retrieved 26 December 2007.
  5. ^ "International Terrorism: The Threat". United Kingdom Home Office. Archived from the original on 4 September 2008. Retrieved 26 December 2007.
  6. ^ "Al-Qaeda fugitive killed in Yemen". BBC News. 1 October 2006. Retrieved 26 December 2007.
  7. ^ "Dubai Drydocks continues its drive forward". The Motorship. Mercator Media Ltd. 1 August 2003. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  8. ^ "Company Profile: Dubai Drydocks". MarineLink. Maritime Activity Reports, Inc. 9 September 2003.
  9. ^ a b Lal, Rollie; Jackson, Brian A.; Chalk, Peter; Ali, Farhana; Rosenau, William (2006). "The MIPT Terrorism Annual 2006" (PDF). Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism. p. 26. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 August 2006. Retrieved 25 February 2008.
  10. ^ "USS Cole bombing 'mastermind' arraigned in Guantánamo". The Daily Telegraph. 9 November 2011. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  11. ^ "Hunt on for Yemeni jailbreakers". BBC News. 4 February 2006. Retrieved 10 February 2008.

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