Cosco Asia "attacked" with RPG

By Vessels

The security company Nexus Consulting informed that Cosco Asia transiting the Suez Canal had been attacked and hit by an RPG fired from the shoreline. The fire hit a container the top tier of the giant ship and damaged the hatch nearest the accommodation block. A machine gun fire was also reported.

Kevin Doherty, the president of the American security company Nexus Consulting said:

"We don't expect to see either an increase in volume or intensity of attacks, and though this is most likely an isolated incident, not specifically targeting a ship or ships in general, the canal can expect to see greater risk of collateral damage from conflicts in and around Egypt."

The incident occurred on Saturday on the eastern side of the canal at El-Sharqiya as the ship was transiting northbound.

The shipping security company Nexus warns all vessel passing trough the Suez Canal to minimize shoreside interactions and to ensure the canal pilot team and riding gang are confirmed and identified prior to boarding.

The security company also suggests that pilot ladders have to be utilized only on the western side of the ship (northbound rig on port side, southbound rig on starboard side). "The Sinai Peninsula has seen increased violence and this recent attack is reported to have occurred from the eastern side of El-Sharqiya," Nexus noted in a release.

Crew members must stay off deck unless necessary, use ballistic film for windows if available and wear protective clothing when on bridgewings. At last

Crew are advised to stay off deck unless necessary, use ballistic film for windows if available and wear protective clothing when on bridgewings.
Finally, Nexus warned that with the Sinai Peninsula becoming increasingly hostile, vessels transiting between the Red Sea and Aqaba, Jordan should also consider additional security measures.