22 June 2009

Incident: Maersk Phoenix attacked

The Singapore-flagged tanker Maersk-Phoenix is attacked by pirates armed with rifles and rocket propelled grenades in the Gulf of Aden off the port of Bossaso.
A Portuguese frigate [under NATO command] foiled a pirate attack on a tanker in the Gulf of Aden and captured eight pirates after firing shots at their boat, the armed forces command in Lisbon said. The (CORTE-REAL), operating with NATO forces in the region, was escorting a Pakistani merchant ship, the (BOLAN) ... The eight were freed after consultation with the Portuguese government, in line with the procedure for warships serving under NATO command...
(ONI Worldwide Threat to Shipping, 7/8/09)