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Pirate attack on Kuwaiti products tanker foiled

Tel Aviv: Pirates unsuccessfully attacked a Kuwaiti products tanker in the Gulf of Aden on Sunday night, but were overpowered by the ship’s crew.

The tanker, Burgan (46,500 dwt, built 2014), was carrying 40,303 tonnes of aviation fuel from Al-Ahmadi port, Kuwait, to Djibouti’s Horizon Terminal port when it was attacked at 20:50 local time.

Crew members and security personnel confronted the pirates and foiled the attack using “standard security procedures”, Sheikh Talal Al-Khaled Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, CEO of Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC), told the Kuwait News Agency. KOTC owns and operates the vessel.

Indian naval forces in the area also assisted in deterring the attackers, Al-Sabah said.

The vessel was able to continue its voyage and no-one was hurt, said the CEO.

Latest AIS data shows the vessel is still underway in Aden; its estimated time of arrival in Dijbouti is Monday, February 9. [09/02/15]

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