Apr 082011
 

NATO’s Shipping Centre has issued new recommendaions regarding the use of Automatic Identification Systems in areas where a threat of piracy may exist.

Until now NATO has recommended that AIS transmission within the Gulf of Aden be left on with restrictions, and outside the Gulf of Aden in other parts of the High Risk Area be turned off completely.

In order that Counter Piracy Naval Operations have the required data from AIS transmissions to track real time positions of merchant ships, thus enabling them to mitigate risk of piracy to merchant shipping, the advice has been revised. Continue reading »

Jan 212011
 

Renuar: A wolf in ship's clothing

The following information derives from the weekly NATO Shipping Centre report which provides further details.

Japan 555 (Malaysia 618 / Tai Yuan 227) –is assessed to be used as mothership and be involved in the attack on a merchant vessel in pos 14°56N 059°14E at 1023UTC 20 JAN 2011

RENUAR, JIH CHUN TSAI 68, GOLDEN WAVE (also known as GEUMMI 305) and one of the PRANTALAYs have left the anchorage and it assessed to be used by pirates as a mothership, no position at this time, but Renuar maybe heading to Arabian sea Continue reading »

Jan 072011
 

Pirates may not be affected by a monsoon in the Gulf of Aden, warns NATO’s Shipping Centre in its current weekly briefing. It also gives information on a number of hijacked vessels now being used as motherships.

Gulf of Aden/Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC). The monsoon is not effecting small boat operation in the GoA and skiffs blending in the local traffic to conduct piracy can be expected at any time. On Sunday, 02 January, a suspicious skiff was reported operating in the central IRTC. The skiff was subsequently disrupted and is almost certainly pirate-related activity confirming the threat of piracy without or little warning.

Arabian Sea/Greater Somali Basin. The weather in the rest of the Arabian Sea, as well as in both the northern and southern Somali Basin, remains favourable for small boat operations and hence pirate operations in areas are not greatly affected by the monsoon. Although sea states are higher along the eastern coast of Somalia the monsoon has not greatly affected the deeper basin.

The number of pirated fishing vessels and dhows conducting piracy operations is assessed to be at least five mother ship pirate attack groups (or PAGs) underway in the Arabian Sea and greater Somalia Basin during the period and additionally one whaler based PAG in the south western Somali Basin.

This list includes MV JIN CHUN TSAI 68 in the Arabian Sea, and FV SHIUH FU 1 possibly east of Madagascar.

No pirate activity has been reported over the past week in the Mombasa and Dar es Salaam shipping lanes, as well as the approaches from the Mozambique Channel towards Dar es Salaam.

This overall high level of piracy activity especially in the Arabian Sea is expected to continue through next week.

All mariners transiting the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea are warned that pirates remain active in these areas. Vigilant watches, early detection of vessels manoeuvring to close, early reporting and the adoption of the Best Management Practices are the keys for remaining safe in the Indian Ocean within 15°S and 78°E.

Alerts/warnings and weekly assessments will be updated on www.shipping.nato.int daily.

It also provided the following information:

Vega 5 – 01°48N 045°58E is assessed as being used by pirates for piracy operations. 1626UTC 07JAN11

Hannibal II – alongside the Somali Coast 0708UTC 07JAN11

York – 04°19N 049°41E course 275° speed 6.5 kts. 1139UTC 06JAN11 is assessed as being used by pirates for piracy operations.

Jin Chun Tsai 68 – 12°46N 056°42E is assessed as being used by pirates for piracy operations. 1730UTC 05JAN11

Shiuh Fu No.1 –  13°05S 056°33E

1045UTC 30DEC10 possibly heading back to the anchorage off Somalia. No current update.

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.

Aug 072010
 

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Syria Star - hijacked

Late at night on Friday 6 August the MV SYRIAN STAR requested medical assistance for two crewmembers that were injured in the initial hijack. The MV SYRIAN STAR was hijacked on Thursday 5 August in the eastern part of Gulf of Aden and is now free. Initial reports are that the pirates left the ship of their own accord utilising one on the rescue boats.

EU NAVFOR warship FGS SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN was in the vicinity of the MV SYRIAN STAR and sent her helicopter with a medical team onboard in order to assist the vessel. On arriving on the SYRIAN STAR they found a third member of the crew who had been injured in a work related incident. FGS SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN is standing by to conduct a medical evacuation if required.

EU NAVFOR Force Commander Rear Admiral Jan Thörnqvist said: ‘It is always good to hear a hijacked ship is free and now EU NAVFOR will give the injured crew members the medical assistance they require’.

EU NAVFOR is continuing to monitor the situation.

During the afternoon of 5 Aug 2010, the MV Syria Star reported that she was under attack from pirates who had climbed onboard and fired shots at the crew. Helicopters were immediately dispatched to the vessel and tried to establish communications with the Syria Star, which had stopped in the water. They found an abandoned skiff nearby, containing fuel and ammunition. When warships arrived on the scene shortly after, the Syria Star had reversed course and was heading South East back towards the Horn of Africa under the control of the pirates, who refused to respond to radio contact.

The Syria Star was sailing west in the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor through the Gulf of Aden with a cargo of sugar. The Syria Star deadweight 18, 838 tonnes, is flagged to St Vincent and the Grenadines and has a predominantly Syrian crew, with 22 Syrians and 2 Egyptians.

Aug 052010
 
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Syria Star - hijacked

During the afternoon of 5 Aug 2010, the MV Syria Star reported that she was under attack from pirates who had climbed onboard and fired shots at the crew.  Helicopters were immediately dispatched to the vessel and tried to establish communications with the Syria Star, which had stopped in the water.  They found an abandoned skiff nearby, containing fuel and ammunition.  When warships arrived on the scene shortly after, the Syria Star had reversed course and was heading South East back towards the Horn of Africa under the control of the pirates, who refused to respond to radio contact.

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Jun 282010
 

Schleswig-Holstein on patrol

In the early hours of 28 June, pirates took control of the MV Golden Blessing approximately 90 nautical miles off the northern Somali coast. On notification from the Master of the MV Golden Blessing that pirates were on board, the EU NAVFOR German warship Schleswig-Holstein immediately launched their helicopter and reported sighting suspected pirates on board the MV Golden Blessing.

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Feb 052009
 

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Somali pirates to free Ukraine tank ship: source
Reuters Kenya – Kenya
A Kenyan-based piracy monitoring group, the East African Seafarers Assistance Programme, could not confirm the ransom payment or the imminent release of the

Woman drowns as car backs off local ferry boat
Shanghai Daily – Shanghai,China
but I am expecting the Yatong company and the maritime safety administration to come to clear conclusions about what led to this accident and my wife’s .

US sailor missing in Gulf of Aden after boat flips
International Herald Tribune – France
AP DUBAI, United Arab Emirates: The US Navy says a sailor from the USS San Antonio is missing after an accident during personnel transfer from one ship to .

GMANews.TV – 30 passengers safe after banca capsizes off Bohol …
The vessel, which was carrying 30 passengers and crew including 10 children, had left Pasil Fishport in Cebu City at 11 a.m.. Crewmembers of the vessel managed to maneuver the banca to a shallow part of Kabul-an village in Buenavista town,

Vroon supply vessel damaged in North Sea collision – Lloydslist.com
By Martyn Wingrove
DUTCH shipowner Vroon is looking for a repair yard in east England to fix the hull of its 2007-built platform supply vessel Supply Express after it struck the Ensco 92 rig in the North Sea. Vroon is investigating how the 3600 dwt vessel

Marine inquiry raises trawler safety fears
Essex Echo – Basildon,Essex,UK
By Christine Sexton » CONCERNS have been raised over the safety of small fishing vessels, following the sinking of a Leigh trawler.

South Africa,Israel,S. African dock workers won’t unload Israeli goods
The Associated Press
Randall Howard, general secretary of the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union, said it appeared a ship carrying goods from Israel was nearing

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House panel hears testimony on how to beat the pirates
Marine Log – New York,NY,USA
fire and explosion. The OCIMF booklet says there are differing views on whether the AIS should be switched on or off during the time that the ship is in

Too toxic to dismantle in India – so ‘ghost ship’ heads for Britain
Scotsman – United Kingdom
“A lot of people do not want Hartlepool turned into a toxic dumping ground for the rest of the world.” NAMED after France’s First World War prime minister

GMANews.TV – Sulpicio faces string of cases over alleged unpaid
The PAO earlier submitted to the Maritime Industry Authority the testimony of Engineer Nelson Ramirez of the United Filipino Seafarers questioning the seaworthiness of Sulpicio’s ships. On June 21 last year, the MV Princess of the Stars

Piggy-back ride home for sorry ice patrol ship
Portsmouth News – Portsmouth,England,UK
The accident left her adrift. With help from the Chilean Navy the ship was recovered and towed initially to Punta Arenas in Chile, and then on to the

Oct 302008
 

Five ships beat off pirate attacks Five ships, two under gunfire, deterred attacks by Puntland pirates in the Gulf Of Aden in one day alone. Lessons, it seems, are being learned.

Evasive manoeuvering and fire hoses were used to defend the vessels, which have not been named, on 28 October. No injuries were reported among the ships’ crews. Their success may add further weight to arguments against arming ships’ crews, already an unpopular suggestion.

For such tactics to work, however, it’s vital that ships have sufficient manpower to mount effective watches, and that the crew be disciplined, drilled and trained and understand what to do.

Piracy resources:

Lessons From The Danica White

Piracy Commentary – Pirates In The Bow, Seafarers on the Front Lines

Ince & Co Article on Law and piracy

Piracy, Where’s The Love, Where Are The Bikinis?

Good News: Pirates Aren’t Terrorists, Bad News: Pirates Aren’t Terrorists

Getting French and Personal With Pirates

Don’t Keep Mum On Pirate Mothers

Piracy Needs A SASSy Response

The Danica White and The Pirates – All That Was Missing Was A Welcome Mat

Piracy Update – Svitzer Korsakov

Danish Maritime Authority Report On The Danica White (English)

Thomas Timlen’s worrying paper on SSAS

International Maritime Bureau

Rand Piracy Report

UK House of Commons Report

Maritime Piracy In The Modern World (American Bar Association Insights)

15 Reasons: Piracy Attack of a Ship is Different from Hijacking of Aircraft

Danica White, pirates and safe manning

Does LRAD Work?

Pirates, A Doom With A Q?

Piling Pineapples On Pirates The Russian Way

Piracy – MARAD Advisory

A Victim’s Story