Pirates Shoot Oil Tanker Off the Coast of Oman

U.S. personnel assigned to the U.S. Navy?s Verify, Board, Search…

U.S. personnel assigned to the U.S. Navy?s Verify, Board, Search and Seizure Unit from USS Gettysburg (CG 64) and U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment 409 approach a suspected pirate mothership in the Gulf of Aden May 13, 2009, after responding to a merchant vessel distress signal. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist First Class Eric L. Beauregard/Released)

Pirates armed with guns and rocket propelled grenades shot a liquefied natural gas tanker off the coast of Oman on Wednesday, the International Maritime Bureau’s anti-crime arm said.

“Pirates in a dhow armed with guns and RPG fired upon a LNG tanker under way. The dhow closed to 50 meters from the ship and fire shots of which three hit the vessel,” according to the IMB piracy report.

It said the ship was not boarded by the pirates but did not say whether it was hit by any grenades.

Although relatively low-lying crude oil tankers have been targets of piracy and at least one has been hijacked, so far no high-sided LNG tankers are known to have been pirated.

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  • Matt in Oklahoma

    They shoulda had hired contractors to defend them
    Blackwater is out there