01 May 2009

Incident: Bulk carrier escapes boarding try

A bulk carrier operating in the Indian Ocean, not otherwise identified, escaped a boarding attempt 270NM east of Port Victoria, Seychelles, after 40 minutes of evasive maneuvering. Two speed boats pursued their target, firing small arms and rocket propelled grenades and inflicting minor damage on the ship. The pirates made a total of five failed boarding attempts using a small ladder to try to scale the high freeboard. (ONI Worldwide Threat to Shipping, 5/27/09)