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.

Vessel's Details:
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

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