LONDON, (BM) – The team of the petrochemical tanker Stolt Apal, owned by the British company Stolt Tankers, on Sunday afternoon repelled an attack by pirates off the coast of Yemen in the Gulf of Aden, there were no injuries, learned BulgarianMilitary.com according the shipowner statement.
“Stolt Tankers confirms reports that the chemical tanker Stolt Apal was attacked by pirates on Sunday May 17 in the Gulf of Aden, about 75 kilometers south of Yemen,” the company spokesman said.
Around noon, two sailing ships with six armed pirates on board approached the British tanker at high speed. The tanker guards fired several warning shots, but the pirates opened fire on the ship. “The armed guard team returned fire, immobilizing one sailboat and stopping the pursuit,” Stolt Tankers said in a statement.
The tanker suffered minor damage, but the cargo remained unharmed.
None of the crew members were injured, Stolt Apal continued on his way, the company noted.
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