09 March 2009

Incident: Shanghai Venture attacked

The Shanghai Venture is attacked in the Indian Ocean at night under a full moon. Pursuing in a single skiff, "The armed pirates started shooting from the port quarter and attempted to board. ... All lights on the vessel were turned off and evasive maneuvers were conducted. " Altogether, pirates make three boarding tries. "The speed boat was identified as grey colored and 5-7 meters in length. No crewmembers were injured during the attack, but the bridge window was broken and 91 bullet marks were found, with some bullets passing through the plate." (ONI Worldwide Threat to Shipping, 03/18/09)

The vessel is a 190 m long Hong Kong registered cargo ship. (Vesseltracker)