Somali pirates seize ship as navy task force departs

  • Somali pirates seize ship as navy task force departs

Somali pirates seize ship as navy task force departs

Employing armed teams, usually former servicemen, is seen by many shipping companies as prohibitively expensive.

"Merchant shipping should continue to take protective measures against possible piracy attacks in the Gulf of Aden and the western Indian Ocean through diligent application of IMO guidance and Best Management Practices".

Preliminary data: the vessel made a sharp turn after it passed the Horn of Africa. It became increasingly hard for pirates to hijack vessels, hence their reason for evolving their "business model". All others are illegal, said Ali Hirsi Salaad, director of Puntland's Ministry of Fishing. The most recent reported attempted attack in the region was on the United Kingdom flagged product tanker CPO Korea in October 2016.

"However, Somali pirates have still been quite active in recent months", Steed cautions.

During the phone conversation, the hijacker has reportedly revealed that seven men were involved in the raid.

"A local fisherman may be out there with a fishing rod, whereas a fishing vessel can drop a big net and eventually messes up the ecosystem".

An oil tanker with eight Sri Lankan crew members aboard appears to have been hijacked off the coast of Somalia, which would be the first time a large commercial ship has been taken by Somali pirates since 2012.

Foreign media dubbed the vessel "a Sri Lankan-flagged freighter". During the hijacking the bunker tanker Aris 13 has eight crew on board, but their destiny is unknown.

"The ship reported it was being followed by two skiffs yesterday (Monday) afternoon. Then it disappeared", Steed told Reuters.

A Somali pirate who said he was in touch with the armed men aboard the tanker said they have locked most of the crew in one room and cut off communication lines.

An oil tanker has gone missing off the coast of Somalia with authorities unable to rule out pirate involvement.

Although the incident is the first major pirate attack near Somalia since 2012, John Steed said the pirates did not leave.

At their peak five years ago, Somali pirates terrorised sailors crossing the Gulf of Aden.

"For a vessel passing that close to the coast of Somalia without armed guards shows a level of complacency", said a spokesman for Neptune Maritime Security, which is now running armed protection teams on around 70 vessels this month as they pass through the area of the western Indian Ocean known as the High Risk Area (HRA).

Piracy off Somalia's coast was once a serious threat to the global shipping industry. The shipping industry bore around 80% of those costs, the aid group's analysis showed.

"Credible reports indicate that Somali pirates possess the intent and capability to resume attacks against large commercial ships, should the opportunity present itself", read the United Nations report.