First Greek-flag vessel attaked by pirates
The "Kriti Episkopi", a single-skin tanker with 29 crew, was en route to Greece from Iran when it issued a distress signal as pirates attempted to board the vessel.
There were two failed attempts to board and the pirates fled after the crisis response group was activated with a fighter aircraft, a helicopter and a frigate sent to the area.
The ship, scheduled for conversion to an ore carrier, owned by Greece's Vardinoyiannis shipping family, is the first Greek-flagged vessel to be attacked in the region, although Greek-owned ships registered elsewhere have been targeted.
Ship Type: Tanker
Year Built: 1992
Length x Breadth: 274m X 44m
DeadWeight: 145242 MT
Speed recorded (Max / Average): 12.3 / 11.3 knots
Flag: Greece [GR]
Call Sign: SYLJ