Armed pirates attacked a British-flagged chemical tanker in the Gulf of Aden on Sunday, May 17, but the pirate attack was repulsed. The pirates approached the tanker in two speedboats some 75 nautical miles (139km) off Yemen.
The chemical tanker Stolt Apal had armed guards onboard, who opened fire at attackers and repealed the attack. Maritime security operatives fired warning shots, but the skiffs didn't stop, and pirates opened fire on the ship. The MSOs returned fire, disabling one skiff, ending the pursuit.
None of the ship's staff was injured, nor the cargo was damaged, and the ship's bridge sustained minor damage from bullets. Stolt Apal has resumed her voyage. It has been the ninth reported incident in the Gulf of Aden this year (2020), and vessels in the area should exercise extreme caution.