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May 23, 2012

Posted by Chris Mark in Uncategorized.

Pirates…at it again..

Canadian Sea Marshals Maritime Security Blog

“COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – Pirates in the Gulf of Oman attacked the Maersk Texas, a U.S.-flagged cargo ship, but onboard guards repelled them, Maersk Line Ltd, a unit of Danish shipping and oil group A.P. Moller-Maersk, said on Wednesday.

The attack on the ship – a 19,592 deadweight tonnes (dwt) vessel which is 148 metres (486 feet) long – took place at noon local time on Wednesday when it was passing through the Gulf of Oman, northeast of the Arab Emirates port of Fujairah, Maersk Line Ltd said.

The vessel had just left the Straits of Hormuz and was on its way back to the United States, a spokesman said. “Numerous skiffs with armed men in each boat quickly closed on Maersk Texas,” Maersk Line Ltd, a U.S. unit of the Maersk group, said in a statement.

Despite warnings, the pirates continued to approach the vessel and then fired upon it…

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