10 June 2009

Incident: Bulk carrier attacked

A bulk carrier off the coast of Oman, not otherwise identified, is attacked by men in two speed boats "20NM off Ras al Madrakah." The men, armed with hook ladder, rifles, and rocket propelled grenades, are defeated by evasive action and running fire hoses. (ONI Worldwide Threat to Shipping, 6/19/09)

The attack was made by ten men in two skiffs. The
crew threw wooden and iron pieces to deter the pirates from boarding. The pirates showed hand signals to stop the engines and fired at the accommodation. After 50 minutes of attempted boarding, pirates aborted the attack and proceeded towards their mother vessel. Incident reported to Oman coast guard and coalition warships.
(ICC/IMB Website)