Pirates fire at AMPTC tanker

MARCH 31, 2014 —  A tanker identified by GAC as the MT Album came under attack at 14.15 local time yesterday in the Strait of Hormuz at 26:24.4N – 056:41.8E, around 8nm ENE of Musandam Island, Oman.

According to the International Maritime Bureau six persons in a skiff armed with machine gun approached the tanker underway and fired twice towards the accommodation and bridge.

The master raised the alarm and mustered all crew. The fire pump was activated and the vessel altered course. Upon hearing the alarm the pirates aborted the attempted attacked and moved away.

The 105,857 dwt Panamanian flagged MT Album is owned by Kuwait headquartered Arab Maritime Petroleum Transport Co.