Panama-flagged tanker catches fire near Iranian shores

A tanker with a Panamanian flag called White Pearl has caught fire near the shores of Iran's Asaluyeh in the southern province of Bushehr, Iran's state TV reported on Thursday.

"Twenty-two of the ships crew have been rescued by Iranian authorities after the ship's captain requested assistance," state TV added.

The director of Asaluyeh ports stated that a tanker carrying LPG with a cargo of 40,000 tons had experienced a problem in the engine room due to a fire.