Channel ferry shakes off pirates

Pirates give chase to Norfolkline ferry in the Gulf of Aden

A Korean-built ferry destined for service in the Channel managed to shake off a gang of pirates in the Gulf of Aden last month.

The 36,500-tonne Norfolkline ferry was travelling from Korea to begin service on the Dover to Dunkirk route when speedboats approached, it was revealed yesterday.

Staff reported seeing men in the boats holding what appeared to be weapons.

The ferry’s skipper increased speed and lost the pirates after a 10 minute chase.

The ferry went into service last week.