Pirates Take Tanker York

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Oct 242010
 
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York

On the morning of 24 October, MV York, a Singapore-flagged tanker, was confirmed pirated in the Somali Basin.

The MV York had recently left Mombasa on route to the Seychelles. The vessel was attacked on 23 October by two skiffs, approximately 50 nautical miles East from Mombasa.

The Turkish warship Gaziantep, operating under the Combined Maritime Forces, Task Force 151, launched her helicopter to investigate. The helicopter was able to observe pirates with weapons on board the vessel.

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Pirates Abandon MV Lugella – Updated

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Sep 272010
 

imageMV Lugela, which was reported on 25 September as been pirated, 900 nautical miles east of Eyl, in the Somali Basin, had been abandoned by pirates.

BSANNA News reports: “The Panama-flagged Lugela with 12 Ukrainians onboard has been released from pirates on Monday September 27, Ukraine’s Deputy Foreign Minister Ruslan Demchenko said.

The diplomat said that during a pirate attack the crew acted in accordance with a pre-developed plan and in full strength closed in the engine room with an adequate supply of drinking water and foodstuffs.

Concerted and coherent actions of the Ukrainian sailors did not allow the pirates to change the ship course and send it to the Somali coast. After spending almost two days on the uncontrolled ship, the pirates left it on the night of September 27.

The Ukrainian sailors feel good after the accident.

After checking the technical condition of the vessel the crew continued the movement, Demchenko emphasized”.

Evidently a citadel system defeated the pirates.

Late on 26 September, the company owning the ship stated that the pirates had abandoned the vessel and that it was now underway to a place of safety. The 12 Ukrainian crew are reported to be safe and EU NAVFOR is monitoring the situation.

EUNAVOR Rescues Pirate-Held Dhow

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Sep 242010
 

image 24 September 2010, the EU NAVFOR Spanish ship SPS Galicia’s boarding team approached a Kenyan dhow named Sherry off the eastern coast of Somalia.

Suspicions were first raised when the dhow was observed towing two skiffs.

After investigating the dhow, the boarding team of SPS GALICIA found in total 14 people on board; it transpired that there were nine crew members and one Somalian translator being held by 4 suspected pirates.

All 14 people were transferred to the EU NAVFOR Spanish ship SPS Galicia for further investigation.

Samho Dream On The Prowl

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Sep 152010
 
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Samho Dream

The pirated Marshal Islands flagged, crude oil tanker Samho Dream, is reported to have left its anchorage at Hobyo early on 14 September. She is still under control of pirates and there are fears that she may be used as a mothership to attack other vessels.

Samho Dream was hijacked by pirates approximately 600 nautical miles off the Somali coast in the early hours of 4 April. The She is South Korean owned and operated with a deadweight of 319360, has a crew of 24 made up of 5 Koreans and 19 Filipino and all are believed to be safe .

Don’t Call It “Best”, it’s Minimum says Anti-Piracy Chief

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Sep 132010
 

imageMinimum standards hamper seafarer safety when it comes to piracy, too, and Colonel Richard Spencer, Chief of Staff of EU NAVFOR Operational Headquarters believes Best Management Practices should be renamed Minimum Management Practices.

Each year in the Horn of Africa, the number of pirate attacks decreases during the monsoon period, due to rough seas. With improving weather, the number of attacks is expected in the near future to increase and vessels will have to be increasingly vigilant.

This week end, six suspicious skiffs were disrupted by the different Task Forces or national naval forces operating in the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor, IRTC. All skiffs were seen to be throwing material overboard, ladders or weapons, before being in contact with the military. Moreover, one merchant vessel reported it had overcome an attack on Saturday 11 September.

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Chemical Tanker Hijacked In IRTC

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Sep 082010
 

imageEunavfor says that early on the morning of 8 September, the oil and chemical tanker Olib G, flagged Malta, was pirated in the east part of the Gulf of Aden.

After a report from a merchant vessel that a skiff was approaching Olib G, and after several unsuccessful attempts to make contact with the vessel, the USS Princeton of Task Force 151 launched its helicopter. The helicopter was able to identify two pirates on board Olib G.

The Olib G was sailing West in the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor through the Gulf of Aden with a cargo of ballast. The Olib G, deadweight 6,375 tons, has a crew of 18, among which are fifteen Georgian and three Turkish. It is owned by Frio Maritime of Athens.

The Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC) is an area in which EU NAVFOR (Task Force 465), NATO (Task Force 508) and Combined Maritime Force (Task Force 151) coordinate the patrol of maritime transits.

Bow Saga Piracy – Catch and Release

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Aug 042010
 

Early morning Tuesday 3 August, the MV Bow Saga sent a distress call that she was under attack from pirates in the middle of the Gulf of Aden. A EU NAVFOR unit close by sent her helicopter to assist and stopped the attack.

The Norwegian Chemical tanker MV Bow Saga was proceeding through the transit corridor in the middle of the Gulf of Aden when it came under attack. A pirate skiff with 7 people on board shot at the bridge, damaging the windows. MV Bow Saga adopted Best Management Practice and was conducting counter measures with evasive manoeuvring and the deployment of water hoses to prevent attempts to climb up onto the ship.

EU NAVFOR heard her distress call and ordered the closest warship, the Spanish frigate SPS Victoria to react to the incident. SPS Victoria already had her helicopter in the air and was able to intervene only ten minutes after the call. The pirates stopped the attack and tried to flee. After warning shots, first from the helicopter and then from the warship SPS Victoria , the pirates eventually stopped. The skiff was searched by a boarding team from SPS Victoria and weapons were subsequently found.

The seven individuals apprehended have been returned to Somalia.

Says EUNAVFOR: “Due to the legal framework and timelines encompassing piracy and criminal activity at sea, the prosecution of the seven individuals in this specific case could not be initiated with confidence. Whilst this EU NAVFOR operation was successful in preventing the attack on the MV BOW SAGA, this case again highlights the importance of the continuing efforts to harmonise the prosecution system”.

MV SUEZ hijacked in the Gulf of Aden

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Aug 022010
 

MV Suez, hijacked says EUNAVFOR

In the early hours of 2 August, the MV SUEZ reported being under small arms fire from a pirate attack and minutes later she reported pirates on board.

After notification of the attack, attempts were made to make contact with the MV SUEZ but to no avail.

MV SUEZ was travelling in the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC) when attacked. Immediately after the first report a helicopter was directed to the ship but pirates had already taken over the command of the vessel. The MV SUEZ, deadweight 17, 300 tonnes with a crew of 23 (Egypt, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and India Nationalities), is a Panama flagged merchant vessel with a cargo of cement bags. EU NAVFOR is monitoring the situation.

Red Sea Hijack

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Jul 052010
 

image In the early hours of 4 July, the MT Motivator reported it was under small arms fire from a pirate attack in the northern Bab Al Mandeb area in the southern Red Sea. After notification of this attack, attempts were made to make contact with the Motivator but to no avail. The hijack was confirmed early on 5 July.

The MT Motivator, deadweight 13,065 tonnes with a crew of 18 Filipino nationals on board, is a Marshall Islands Flagged chemical products tanker loaded with lubricants oil. EU NAVFOR is monitoring the situation.