22 March 2009

Incident: Vehicle carrier attacked

A vehicle carrier, not otherwise identified, is attacked "approximately 500NM southeast of Mogadishu." "Two speed boats with pirates armed with automatic weapons and RPGs chased and opened fire," the captain of the vehicle container employing "evasive maneuvers" to escape boarding. No injuries. (IMB via ONI Worldwide Threat to Shipping, 04/17/09)

This appears to be the Japanese-owned Jasmine Ace, which
was able to escape by zigzagging away from the pirates. The pirates were in two small vessels and fired off automatic weapons and rocket propelled grenades before escaping. The 18 man Filipino crew were unharmed in the attack. The ship was heading to the Kenyan port of Mombasa when the attack occurred.
(Wikipedia, "List of ships attacked by Somali pirates," 12/31/09)