Tanker attacked off Phuket probably mt Ocean Osprey
Tanker reported by IMB as attacked by pirates off Phuket Island, Thailand, Andaman sea, is believed to be product tanker Ocean Osprey, said IHS Maritime. IMB report:
22.09.2014: 0106 LT: Posn: 07:10N – 098:12E, Around 34nm SSW of Phuket Island, Thailand.
Six armed pirates boarded a tanker enroute to Yangon, Myanmar. They tied up the 2nd officer and duty AB on the bridge and mustered the rest of the crew in the Mess Room. The 2nd officer managed to activate the SSAS alert without being noticed by the pirates who later escaped after stealing all crew personal effects and money.
Time of attack is LT – most probably Singaporean time. Time of AIS pos dated 2353 Sep 22 is UTC, it gives some 31 hours lap. The distance between two positions is 316 nm, average speed of Ocean Osprey is 10 knots, enough time to sail 316 nautical miles. So probably it was Ocean Osprey, taking into account some other considerations, such as vessel’s dimensions, owner and the area of the attack.