Mar 102011

These pirates were captured at sea, land-based operations may be more difficult

Attempts to rescue five Danish hostages held in the Beyla district of Puntland have failed, with the deaths of at least seven Puntland soldiers, according to reports from Somalia. Earlier in the week local residents were threatened by the pirates as they mounted a protest and demanded that the hostages be released.

Four adults and three children, all Danish, are held by pirates in the Beyla district after their yacht was seized on 24 February. The pirates have threatened to kill them if rescue attempts are made.

Mar 062011

MV Ems River

MV EMS RIVER, which was pirated on 27 December 2010, was released from pirate control on 1 March 2011.

The Antigua/Barbuda flagged and German owned vessel was on her way to San Nicolas, Greece from Jebel Ali in the UAE at the time of the attack.

According to the owner of the vessel, all crew members are well and unharmed.

MV IZUMI, which was pirated on 10 October 2010, was released from pirate control on 25 February. Continue reading »

Feb 252011

FGS Hamburg

Late on the evening of 23 February, EUNAVFOR warships in the Arabian Sea were alerted that an incident had occurred on board a German owned container vessel, 155 Nautical miles South East of the island of Socotra, resulting in burns to one of the crew. A request for immediate assistance and possible medical evacuation was received soon after.

EUNAVFOR warship FGS Hamburg, which was on Counter-Piracy patrol in the area, immediately launched its helicopter and evacuated the injured sailor. The casualty will be kept on board the FGS Hamburg until she reaches her next port of call where he will be transferred to a local hospital for further treatment. The family of the injured Russian sailor, have been informed by the company. Details of the incident that resulted in the injuries are not known at this time. Continue reading »

Feb 222011

Captain Richard Philips of Maersk Alabama survives a hijacking, the crew of SY Quest met a more tragic end.

Somali piracy took a violent turn when pirates killed four Americans aboard their yacht, the SV Quest. Although all the details are yet to be released, this appears to be the first mass execution of hostages. This is a sad and tragic example of the dangers faced by seafarers who are subject to regular and systematic violence committed by pirates. There are more than 700 seafarers currently held by Somali pirates. Hostages face abuse and there are reports of torture at the hands of pirates.
According to Anna Bowden of One Earth Future, a Colorado-based Foundation studying the
effects of piracy, there has been an alarming increase in the suffering of those affected by piracy. Continue reading »

Dec 092010

MV Al Nisr Al Saudi

On 7 December 2010, the Saudi Arabian flagged Product tanker MV Al Nisr Al Saudi was released from under pirate control after nine months.

The vessel, which has a deadweight of 5,136 tonnes and a crew of 14, was heading to Jeddah when she was pirated in the Gulf of Aden on 3 March 2010.

The master of the ship is Greek and the rest of the crewmembers are from Sri Lanka.

Nov 122010

Pirates captured in a EUNAVFOR interception

China’s state-run news agency Xinhua reports that the Panama-registered  freighter Yuan Xiang with 29 Chinese sailors on board was hijacked by pirates in waters of the Arabian Sea on the northern Indian Ocean Friday night, according to the  China Marine Rescue Center CMRC.

CMRC says it failed to get in touch with the hijacked ship and the fate of the Chinese sailors remained unclear.

CMRC received a report from the Ningbo Hongyuan Ship Management Co., Ltd. at 23: 26, 1526 GMT, Friday, saying the company’s sailors were hijacked by unknown number of pirates. The waters of the Arabian Sea, where the hijacking occurred, are not protected by the Chinese Navy’s convoy fleet..

The pirates told the ship company that the ship is sailing to Somalia.

CMRC has contacted international anti-pirate organizations and relevant countries to carry out the rescue efforts.

On two previous occasions Chinese ships and crews have been rescue . Similar rescue efforts for the Yuan Xiang and its crew are far from unexpected.

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Nov 112010
MV Hannibal II

MV Hannibal II

Early this morning, the MV Hannibal II, a Panamanian-flagged vessel, was pirated whilst on route from Malaysia to Suez.

The 24,105 tonne chemical tanker was carrying vegetable oils from Pasir Gudang to Suez at the time.  The master of the vessel reported that he had been attacked and boarded by pirates in an area some 860 nautical miles East of The Horn of Africa which is considerably closer to India than it is to Somalia.

The MV Hannibal II has a total of 31 crew on board.  This number consists of 23 Tunisians, 4 Filipinos, 1 Croatian, 1 Georgian, 1 Russian and 1 Moroccan.

EU NAVFOR Somalia – Operation ATALANTA’s main tasks are to escort merchant vessels carrying humanitarian aid of the World Food Program (WFP) and vessels of African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). EU NAVFOR also protects vulnerable vessels in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean, deters and disrupts piracy. EU NAVFOR finally monitors fishing activity off the coast of Somalia.

Oct 312010

MV Go Trader

On the morning of 30 October 2010, the Malta-flagged MV Go Trader was reported under attack from one skiff approximately 520 kilometres, south east from Salalah, Oman.

Pirates had managed to board the vessel; however, after a couple of hours they eventually abandoned it, after having been unable to get control over the crew who had locked themselves in the ship’s “citadel”.

The 24 crewmembers are reported safe.

EU NAVFOR Somalia – Operation ATALANTA’s main tasks are to escort merchant vessels carrying humanitarian aid of the World Food Program (WFP) and vessels of African Union Mission in Somalia, AMISOM. EU NAVFOR also protects vulnerable vessels in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean, deters and disrupts piracy. In addition, EU NAVFOR monitors fishing activity off the coast of Somalia.

Oct 302010

MV Polar

On the morning of 30 October 2010, the MV POLAR, a Panama-flagged tanker, was pirated in the Somali Basin.

The Liberian-owned MV Polar was attacked during the night, approximately 580 nautical miles (almost 1,100 km) East from Socotra island. The owner confirmed this morning that his vessel was under pirate control.

MV Polar, deadweight 72,825 tons, has a crew of 24, of which 1 is Romanian, 3 are Greek, 4 Montenegrin and 16 Filipino.