MV UNITED STAR escapes pirating thanks to the use of Best Management PracticesDecember 13, 2010 - 19:09
On 10 December 2010, the MV UNITED STAR reported it was under attack, approximately 500 nautical miles North East of Salalah (Oman).
“Officers on watch identified and targeted a suspicious vessel”, explained the ship’s owner. “At a distance of 3 nautical miles from the port bow a skiff was deployed from the suspicious vessel.”
The master of the crude oil tanker immediately initiated evasive manoeuvres.
“The skiff with four armed pirates carrying unidentified fire arms managed to come alongside and attempted to board the vessel with the use of portable ladders with hooks. The attempt was unsuccessful due to the evasive manoeuvres that the Master exercised”.
This vessel is a further witness to the success of the scrupulous implementation of BMPs. These procedures have been compiled with the combined effort of 13 Industry Organisations, EUNAVFOR, the NATO Shipping Centre and the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO).
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