Chemical tanker CPO Korea attacked by pirates off Somalia

CPO KoreaThe chemical tanker CPO Korea was attacked by pirates Indian ocean on some 330 nautical miles east off Somalia. The accident occurred in end of October and was the first piracy attack in this area in last two and a half years. The chemical tanker CPO Korea was en route to Durban in South Acfrica, transiting through the Indian Ocean, when was approached by fast-moving skiff with six armed men on board. The armed pirates exchanged fire with the security guards on board of the vessel, but did not managed to reach the ship. The pirates fled away and the attack failed. There were no injured people from the crew and security guards on board of the cargo ship CFO Korea.

The accident happened on October 22, but was reported yesterday by the Operation Commander of the EU Naval Force (Somalia), as the accident was under investigation. The pirates were traced by the naval forces, but unfortunately not found. The piracy attacks off Somalia are rare during the last years, due to increased naval patrols and EU missions in the region. Also the vessels passing through the region are usually with security guards on board, who succeed to stave off attacks.

The chemical tanker CPO Korea (IMO: 9433901) has overall length of 183.00 m, moulded beam of 32.00 m and maximum draft of 8.50 m. The deadweight of the ship is 51,747 DWT and the gross tonnage is 29,636 GRT. The chemical tanker was built in 2009 by Hyundai Heavy Industries in their Mipo Shipyard in South Korea. The ship is operating under the flag of UK and managed by the German company Offen Reederei.