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NYK VLCC Takayama to berth after attack in the Gulf of Aden

NYK VLCC Takayama to berth after attack in the Gulf of Aden

Tokyo: NYK has confirmed that its VLCC Takayama has arrived at the port of Aden and is currently awaiting permission to berth from the port authority. The 264457dwt vessel has incurred damage as the result of an attack by individuals onboard a small unidentified boat east of the Yemeni city of Aden yesterday around 10:10 a.m. Japan time. Although the weapon used for the attack is yet to be confirmed, the ship manager TMM, has reported to the Maritime Safety Agency that the weapon appeared to be a rocket launcher.
Crew on board the Takayama have confirmed the existence of a 20-millimeter hole on the port side near the stern of the ship, and NYK has stated that although a few kiloliters of fuel oil appear to have leaked through this hole, the hole has since been patched and there is currently no increased risk of fire.

An inspector from ClassNK is expected to arrive in Aden today for a through examination of the vessel.  [22/04/08]

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