Ukrainian crew of car carrier fought off armed robbers at Casablanca

On Jan 1 several perpetrators, armed with knives and clubs, sneaked on board of car carrier VIKING DIAMOND, berthed at Casablanca, Morocco. The crew, consisting mostly of Ukrainian sailors from Odessa, didn’t panic or succumb, and fought robbers off with whatever was at hand. Robbers fled, but by this time Morocco police or military already responded and arrived at the scene, seizing several of them. All crew are safe. The ship arrived at Casablanca early Jan 1, left on Jan 2.
Car carrier VIKING DIAMOND, IMO 9481075, GT 39362, built 2011, flag Singapore, manager GRAM CAR CARRIERS AS, Norway.

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Hi! My name is Stepan Kotcherga, I’m Merchant Marine Navigation Officer, now a Second Officer working on dry cargo ships. My home is in Ukraine. I’m contributing maritime news and inside info.