An Evergreen containership has been damaged following a hostile attack by pirates in the Arabian Sea.
Rocket propelled grenades hit cabins and the kitchen area of the 3,428-teu Ital Glamour (built 1987) during the 30 minute assault yesterday morning, TradeWinds has learned.
According to the ship’s owner, Evergreen arm Italia Marittima, bomb disposal experts from an Italian warship are now onboard to check no unexploded grenades remain.
Six pirates attacked the boxship in the early hours of Wednesday as it made its way to Saudi Arabia from Malaysia.
At least three rocket propelled grenades were fired as the gang looked to take control of the vessel.
One has damaged the owner’s cabin, a second struck the chief mate’s quarters and a third hit the pantry near the galley.
A source at Italia Marittima confirms there are no injuries to the 22 crew following the drama.
There were no armed guards on board the vessel, but evasive manoeuvres by the master and the use of fire pumps were sufficient to avoid hijack.