While en route from Sirri to Kharg Island in ballast,
the Greek steam tanker Ninemia was attacked
in lat 27.50N long 50.54E at about 11 am on December 15th 1984.
The Exocet missile ripped into her engine room,
causing a major fire and killing one crewmember.
Her surviving 25 crew abandoned ship in a lifeboat
as the fire raged uncontrollably
through her accommodation deck and engine room.
Six salvage tugs arrived on the scene to fight the fire
but they were hampered by gale force winds
and 12 ft high seas.
Then at 1230 pm the following day,
while under tow in lat 27.29.30N, long 50.35.30E,
the Nimenia was struck again in her engine room
by another Iraqi-fired long range Exocet, creating a new fire.
There were no casualties on this occaision,
with the missile slamming into the starboard side of the tanker
while the tugs and fire fighting vessels
were all stationed on the port side.
The fire was again brought under her control,
after which the tug continued her two towards Dubai.