Guards on Hong Kong-flagged ship repel pirates off Somalia coast

Further details have emerged from EUNAVFOR (aka Operation Atalanta) about an attack last week on a vessel off Somalia.

Security guards aboard Hong Kong-flagged MV KSL Sydney (IMO 9683269) repelled an attack by pirates in a gun battle off Somalia’s coast the European naval force in the region said on Friday October 19th. It was only the second reported attempt by Somali pirates to seize a commercial ship this year. On Tuesday October 16th pirates approached and opened fire at MV KSL Sydney 340nm off Somalia. Armed security guards on board the ship acted quickly to foil the attack, EUNAVFOR said in a statement. “Due to the application of BMP (best management practices)protection measures by the master, his crew and the private security team, the piracy attack was thwarted and the crew and vessel remained safe,” it said, adding that “there was a sustained exchange of fire before the skiff with several armed people on board broke off and changed course away from the MV”. Guards had already moved the crew to safe locations before shooting started.