02 May 2009

Incident: Product tanker fired upon

A product tanker, not otherwise identified, is fired upon in the Indian Ocean by men in two speedboats.
A pirate mother vessel and two high speedboats were observed at a distance of six nm from a tanker underway. Master altered course and the boats started chasing the tanker. Master raised alarm, sent distress message, increased speed and took evasive manoeuvres. The boats came very close to the tanker and suddenly the 2nd boat stopped chasing the tanker, probably engine problem. The 1st boat fired upon the tanker with RPG and aborted the attack as the distance from the mother vessel increased to 20 nm. No damages and injuries to crew.
The attack occurred 560 NM southeast of Mogadishu. (ICC/IMB Website)