MV MISSISSIPPI Star evades pirate attack in Somali BasinSeptember 28, 2010 - 15:55
On the afternoon of 28 September, MV Mississippi, en route to Dar Es Salaam was attacked by a pirate skiff. The pirates, firing automatic rifles and RPGs, attacked the vessel 45 nautical miles north east of Dar es Salaam.
Mississippi Star took evasive action and escaped the attack. EU NAVFOR French Maritime Patrol Aircraft provided observation and the EU NAVFOR Italian warship Libeccio, which was in the vicinity, proceeded to the scene and is monitoring the situation. The Tanzanian Navy in Dar Es Salaam were alerted to the incident.
The MV Mississippi Star, Malta Flagged, is a chemical product tanker with deadweight of 13, 054 tonnes and a crew of 18. The vessel had been proceeding from Mombasa when attacked; no injuries have been reported.
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