RPGs fired at tanker transiting Bab-Al-Mandeb Strait

The Muskie, a Marshall Islands flagged tanker, was fired on by three RPGs yesterday from three men in a skiff on the southern Bab-Al-Mandeb Strait. The assailants were also carrying guns, the tanker’s master reported. The ship is reported as safe however, despite some damage to its superstructure and it has made for its next port of call. None of the crew were injured.

A similar attack occurred just four nautical miles southeast of yesterday’s incident in October last year when the Spanish flagged Galicia Spirit was attacked with an RPG from a skiff.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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