Unknowing Pirates Attacked an Oil Tanker Sailing under UK Flag off Yemen on Sunday. According to the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO), the pirates fired at the Stolt Apal at approximately 12.30pm UK time in the Gulf of Aden, between Yemen and Somalia.
The organization advised extreme caution to any vessels transiting the area.
Stolt Tankers said its vessel the Stolt Apal was attacked by pirates 75 nautical miles off Yemen’s coast. “Six armed pirates approached the vessel in two speedboats.”
In a statement, the ship’s owner, Stolt-Nielsen, confirmed that the 185m chemical tanker was attacked on Sunday “by two skiffs running at high speed with six armed pirates”.
Gunfire was exchanged when pirates attacked British-flagged oil tanker. The tanker sustained damage but no one was injured.
“After multiple warning shots were fired by the armed guard team aboard Stolt Apal, the skiffs opened fire on the ship. The armed guard team returned fire, disabling one skiff and ending the pursuit,” Stolt Tankers said.
“The bridge area sustained minor damage from bullets but there were no injuries, no pollution and no cargo impacted on Stolt Apal. A coalition warship responded and Stolt Apal has resumed her voyage.”
The company Stolt Tankers, which operates chemical and parcel tankers, said Sunday that one of its vessels had been attacked by pirates off Yemen’s coast. The vessel Stolt Apal, sailing under a UK flag, was approached by two speedboats.
The company said that the attack resulted in a minor damage to the bridge area from the bullets, with no casualties or injuries among crew members. The ship continued its voyage after the incident.
The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) said earlier on Sunday that a vessel came under attack in the Gulf of Aden without providing further details.
“Vessels transiting the area are advised to exercise extreme caution”, UKMTO said in a warning notice on its website. The attack happened at 1230 GMT, it said.
According to the coordinates given by the agency, the incident occurred off shore of Yemen’s port of Mukalla.
According to maritime security firm Dryad Global, this was the ninth reported incident in the Gulf of Aden this year.