Dutch and British seafarers onboard an oil and chemical tanker have managed to escape an attack by pirates some 360 mile off the coast of Kenya.
Dutch and British seafarers onboard an oil and chemical tanker have managed to escape an attack by pirates some 360 mile off the coast of Kenya. Seafarers' union Nautilus reports that no one was injured in the incident when pirates armed with machine guns shot at the 36,634 dwt Jo Cedar in an unsuccessful attempt to hijack the ship. The Dutch-flagged ship ? which suffered minor damage - had 31 seafarers onboard, including eight Dutch officers, three Britons and 20 Filipinos. The company says the pirates, who were in two small boats, had shot at the ship after it refused to slow down and let them onboard.
The EU Naval Force in the area says the tanker"s crew had used evasive manoeuvres and speed to "escape the clutches of the pirates". The Dutch ship was attacked only hours after a similar attempt to hijack the US-flagged bulk carrier Harriette in the same area. "The pirates opened fire with automatic weapons. Rocket-propelled grenades were also seen by the crew," the EU naval force said in a statement. The pirates tried to get onboard the vessel with a ladder but the Harriette"s master "made evasive manoeuvres and succeeded in keeping the pirates off his ship," the statement adds.