The chemical tanker Costina was attacked by pirates on 6 nautical miles east off Somali Coast, reported IMB Piracy. The vessel was underway to Mogadishu, when was approached by motor skiff with six armed men. The pirates chased and fired upon the tanker for nearly two hours. The Master of the chemical tanker Costina sent distress signal for piracy attack, while the non-essential crew retreated in the citadel. The Spanish amphibious assault ship Galicia responded to the distress signal and changed course to the attack site. The warship deployed its SH-3D Morsa helicopter and several vessels of the Navy’s Special Naval Warfare Force in attempt to locate the skiff, but the pirates succeeded to abandon the attack and escaped.
Once confirmed that the attackers had left the area, the forces embarked the chemical tanker to verify that the crew was in good health and to gather direct information of what happened. It was estimated that the pirates abandoned the attack after the approach of the Spanish navy, heading to the Somali coast. chemical tanker
One crew reported with minor injury during the incident. The local authorities were information about the piracy attack, but there were no information about the trace of the motor skiff.
The chemical tanker Costina (IMO: 8405701) has overall length of 105.00 m, moulded beam of 17.00 m and maximum draft of 4.50 m. The deadweight of the ship is 7,018 DWT and the gross tonnage is 4,462 GRT. The tanker was built in 1984 by Asakawa Zosen shipyard in Japan