TORM Sofia Stops Pirate Approach
On June 28, TORM Sofia prevented a suspicious approach to the vessel by a group of pirates in the Gulf of Aden, the Arabian Sea.
There were no injuries to crew, vessel, environment or cargo. The Filipino Master, his crew and the employed armed guards are safe and suffered no injuries.
The LR1 product tanker TORM Sofia was in open sea at the time of the incident, enroute from Sikka in India to New York in the USA, when it was approached by pirates.
All actions performed were as per the procedures and the Rules for the use of force and subsequently the pirates abandoned their approach. The emergency response team ashore was immediately gathered upon notification of the pirate approach.
The charterer of TORM Sofia and all relevant authorities, both domestic and international, have also been notified of the incident.
Press Release, July 01, 2014; Image: Shipspotting