The video has been posted online purporting to show the attack on the containership COSCO Asia as it was transiting the Suez Canal over the weekend.
The Website of the security firm Nexus Consulting in Alexandria, Va., said two rocket propelled grenades were fired at the ship on and that "due to the misreporting and possible intentional minimization of the attack, Nexus is issuing a serve warning for vessels transiting the Suez Canal. Vessels transiting the canal must exercise the utmost vigilance."
Nexus further explained "clearly not all the members of this attack were captured as reported
by the Egyptian Military (EM) as at least one was able to upload this
video, and we suspect all members escaped and any 'arrests' made by EM
were not the right persons."
The firm said the attacks were carried out by a terrorist group calling itself Al-Furqan and its followers are "seeking to disrupt the canal with extreme means, including deadly force."
Kevin Doherty, president of Nexus, said his company placed a protection force on a U.S.-flag ship that followed the COSCO Asia
by about 48 hours, and that ship transited without incident.
The firm has posted a list of precautions it recommends for ships transiting the canal
. - Chris Dupin