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Red Sea - Attacks On Shipping

By doina — last modified Jan 21, 2009 07:49 PM

Published: 2009-01-21 19:49:39
Topics: Piracy Reports 2006

The following is a extract of the daily reports broadcast by the IMB's Piracy Reporting Centre to ships in Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Ocean Regions on the SafetyNET service of Inmarsat-C from 17 to 23 January 2006.

ALERT Somalia - NE and Eastern Coast

Thirty eight incidents have been reported since 15.03.05. Heavily armed pirates are now attacking ships further away from the coast. Ships not making scheduled calls at Somali ports are advised to keep at least 200 nm from the Somali coast.

Recently reported incidents

In position 02:48N-048:36E, off east coast Somalia. 22.01.2006

Pirates armed with guns hijacked a general cargo ship underway. They fired warning shots and threatened the 20 crew members. They are demanding a ransom for the release of the crew and ship.

In position 15:50N - 041:45E, southern Red Sea. 21.01.2006 at 1810 UTC

Persons in several speedboats attempted to board a hopper dredger underway. D/O raised alarm, crew mustered and directed searchlights and speedboats moved away.

NOTE - THIS IS THE FIRST PIRACY INCIDENT IN THIS PART OF THE RED SEA IN THE LAST 12 MONTHS !!!

In position 05:25.1N - 052:34.6E, 213nm east of Somali coast. 20.01.2006 at 0700 LT.

Two speedboats, operating from a mother ship chased a bulk carrier underway. One boat had three men with machine guns and the other had two men. They opened fire aiming for the bridge. Boats came close to ship and persons inside attempted to board. Ship increased speed and took evasive manoeuvres. Later boats stopped chase and returned to mother ship.

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