Cyprus, October 13, 2010.
Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (Cyprus) Ltd., technical managers of the Product Tanker Ardmore Seafarer report that the vessel sustained a piracy attack yesterday, some 600 miles south west of India.
Bernhard Schulte is pleased to report the tanker is now back under control of the crew, all of whom are safe and accounted for.
The 45744 DWT tanker was on passage from Dar Es Salaam when a small craft came alongside and the crew took refuge in a citadel area on board where they remained for approximately 14 hours.
While there were reports of small arms fire during the attack, no casualties have been sustained and the crew emerged from the citadel once it had been confirmed that the pirates had abandoned the vessel.
The Ardmore Seafarer is now sailing under her own power and under full control of her crew.
The Ardmore Seafarer is a double hull, 2004 build, Product Tanker.
Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement: Press Release - Ardmore Seafarer
Possibly worth noting that Irish ship ownership is worth over 800m per year to our struggling economy. Irish owned ships are being attacked by pirates, yet we have no naval presence in protecting the ships(apart from a handful of advisors in the Hedquarters of the EU anti piracy operation.
I wouldn't be surprised if many here didn't even realise there was such a thing as an Irish owned ship.