PIRATES TARGET SUNSEEKER
Wednesday March 23rd, 2011
DESPITE PIRATES THE SUNSEEKER SHOW GOES ON
The latest luxury model from Sunseeker Middle East has successfully evaded being hijacked on its way to the Dubai International Boat Show. The 30-metre vessel was being transported by Portsmouth transport company PSP when it came under attack from pirates.
The boat had already run into trouble prior to the attempted hijack. When she reached the Suez Canal there was a hold up due to the situation in Egypt, which had culminated in a two way traffic jam. After eventually navigating the Canal the boat joined a military convoy at Oman. The crew had by now been provided with a security team but shortly after leaving the convoy the pirates attacked, firing into the air. The captain of the vessel was instructed to sail full-ahead and managed to escape capture, arriving at Jebel Ali just a day before the boat show was due to open. The boat was then skippered at full speed to Dubai International Marine Club in Mina Seyahi in time for the show.
Managing director of PSP, Frank Dixie said, 'It was a nail-biting experience to say the least but getting the boat to the show on time was our top priority and we weren't going to let anything get in our way... Everything was stacked against us and this was our first dealing with Sunseeker in Dubai so it was vital that we got their prize yacht there safely and on time.'
Spokesman for Sunseeker Middle East, Arif Oomer said, “We were over the moon when the yacht arrived at the show in time for the opening. PSP was faced with some incredibly difficult circumstances beyond its control and despite all this the team pulled through and did a fantastic job. If the boat had been stolen by the pirates it would have had huge implications for us and our customers.”
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