Nov 302010


One of the more interesting, and oddly beautiful photographs to come out of the spate of piracy off Somalia. A wall of water and, for the sharp-eyed, a few drums, probably also filled with water lashed to the rails.

Here’s the report from Eunavfor:

On Saturday 27 November, the MV D&K 1 reported it was under attack by two skiffs, approximately 760 nautical miles North East of Port Victoria (Seychelles). The Captain of the products tanker immediately altered course, increased speed and mustered all non essential crew in a safe room. Fire hoses were rigged on the deck along with foam turrets. The vessel also fired ships parachute flares to deter the Pirate Action Group (PAG). The churning volumetric mass of water curtain from ship’s side, in conjunction with the zigzagging manoeuvres, made it impossible for the skiffs to board the vessel.

On the following day, Sunday 28 November, the MV PISTIS was attacked, approximately 800 nautical miles North East of Socotra Island, by a skiff equipped with AK47 and ladders. While sending regular alerts on VHF 16, the Captain of the bulk carrier started taking evasive manoeuvres and all crew not in duty were gathered on the bridge. The PAG, after a short while, aborted its attack, realizing this vessel would not be an easy target.

Early this morning, 29 November, the MV IVER EXACT reported it was under attack by one skiff approximately 750 nautical miles of Socotra Island. The vessel was fired upon with Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs) and the Captain of the product tanker was able to observe ladders onboard the skiff. The PAG attempted to board the vessel, which led to the fell of one suspected pirate into water. The skiff, forced to retrieve the individual, abandoned the attack.

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