By Staff writer
Tanker seized Saturday in Oman now in Somali waters, crew reported unhurt
A chemical oil tanker foiled a hijack attempt by pirates
near the Omani port of Salalah on Sunday, a day after a tanker and crew were
snatched from inside the port in front of the coast guard.
"Pirates in a skiff chased and fired upon a chemical
tanker," according to the International Maritime Bureau's anti-crime arm.
"The pirates made several attempts to board the tanker and finally aborted
the attack due to the evasive manoeuvres made by the tanker."
On Saturday, pirates successfully seized the empty MV
Fairchem Bogey chemical oil tanker from its anchorage at the port in the mouth
of the Gulf of Aden, taking 21 Indian crew members hostage and heading south to
Somalia, Mumbai-based Anglo Eastern Ship Management said.
"We can now confirm that the Fairchem Bogey is now in
Somali waters," the tanker manager said in a statement.
"The Master has been in contact with us, reconfirming
safety of the crew. We are still waiting to make first contact with the hijackers."
Anglo-Eastern said the Omani Coast Guard approached the
vessel shortly after it was seized from its anchorage in the port but backed
off when the pirates warned that the captured crew might be harmed.
The Bogey, which had armed guards on board when it sailed
through the Gulf of Aden on its way to unload at the Saudi port of Al Jubail on
August 18, was unprotected when it was taken on Aug. 21 after dropping the
security team off in the Omani capital Muscat on August 10, the company said
Several oil tankers have been attacked in the
pirate-infested Gulf of Aden, with their valuable cargoes being used by pirates
to demand ransoms.