MOGADISHU Somalia --
EU NAVFOR confirms MT Leopard Sun
attacked 160 nautical miles off the central coast of Somalia.
On 23rd February at 0030 local time, the Motor Tanker Leopard
Sun was attacked by two skiffs 160 nautical miles off the coast
The Singapore flagged 50,000 metric tonne chemical tanker was
en route from Sohar, Sultanate of Oman to Cape Town, South
Africa when the incident occurred.
The skiffs approached the MT Leopard Sun from the stern and
fired upon her, after which the on-board Private Armed Security
Team returned fire with warning shots.
The incident lasted approximately 20 minutes before the
skiffs eventually turned away.
The crew employed the full range of Best Management Practices
(BMP4) as well as the actions of the embarked private armed
security team (PAST). EU NAVFOR can confirm the vessel and crew
are now safe.
EU NAVFOR has been in contact with the shipping company and
the ship’s master to further assess the incident.
It is clear the ship, crew and the security team demonstrated
a very high standard of self-protection protocols in line with
The reporting of the incident to UKMTO/ EU NAVFOR MSCHOA was
exemplary in both speed and detail, including the damage to the
ship from gunfire from the skiffs.
EU NAVFOR MSCHOA issued navigation warnings and alerts to
inform both mariners and merchant vessels in the High Risk Area,
and the wider shipping industry of the attack.
Merchant vessels in the proximity of the location where the
incident took place have been warned directly of the existence
of a potential Pirate Action Group (PAG).
EU NAVFOR and CMF together with military partners will
continue to coordinate their understanding and response to this
This attack, which is likely to be piracy related, was the
first such incident since the attack on the MV EVER DYNAMIC in
Pirates attack chemical tanker off coast of Somalia
MOGADISHU Somalia Xinhua) --
Suspected Somali pirates
attacked a Singaporean-flagged chemical tanker early Saturday
but were repulsed by guards on board, the European Union naval
A statement from EU Navfor Somalia (EU NAVFOR) said on
Saturday that the Motor Tanker Leopard Sun was attacked by two
skiffs, about 160 nautical miles (about 300km) off the coast of
"The skiffs approached the MT Leopard Sun from the stern and
fired upon her, after which the on-board private armed security
team returned fire with warning shots," the naval force said.
The EU naval force, which have been patrolling the Indian
Ocean waters, said the incident lasted about 20 minutes before
the skiffs turned away.
"EU NAVFOR can confirm the vessel and crew are now safe," it
The 50,000-metric-tonne chemical tanker was en route from
Sohar, Sultanate of Oman, to Cape Town, South Africa when the
EU NAVFOR said the attack, likely to be piracy-related, was
the first of its kind in the area since November 2017.
The naval force said it has issued navigation warnings and
alerts to inform both mariners and merchant vessels in the "High
Risk Area" and the wider shipping industry of the attack.
Maritime experts have warned that Somali pirates tend to be
armed with automatic weapons and rocket propelled grenades and
sometimes use skiffs launched from mother vessels, which may be
hijacked fishing vessels or dhows, to conduct attacks far from
the Somali coast.