Attack during Suez Canal transit m.v. COSCO ASIA
There are numerous news reports of a COSCO containership (Cosco Asia) being subject to attack in the Canal. They report that the head of the Suez Canal Authority Mohab Memish said in a statement on Saturday, That:
"One of the terrorist elements has carried out a failed attempt to affect the movement of ships in the Suez Canal by targeting one of the passing ships,Cosco Asia," "The attempt failed completely and there was no damage to the ship or the containers it carried. The situation was dealt with strictly by the armed forces.” It would appear that two explosions were heard, but traffic in the canal appears to be moving normally.
For those ships planning on passing through the canal, INTERTANKO advises that Masters seek further information from local agents, review security plans and adjust as necessary.