NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Somali pirates have hijacked an Indian
commercial ship with 11 crew members on board off the coast of
Somalia, a regional maritime official confirmed on Monday.
John Steed, the regional manager of Oceans Beyond Piracy, a
non-government organization, said the Indian-flagged vessel was
heading to Somalia shores from Dubai, the United Arab Emirates
at the time of hijack..
"We have received information about the hijack of Indian
vessel with 11 crew members on board.
"All crew are Indians and were hijacked off the coast of
Somalia on April 1," Steed told Xinhua by telephone.
There were no details of the crew or destination but some
reports said that attack happened some 50 km south of the port
town of Hobyo.
The latest hijacked comes two weeks after the pirates
hijacked oil tanker en route to Mogadishu but released the boat
reportedly without conditions.
No ransom demand has been put forward so far.
Somali pirates tend to be well-armed with automatic weapons
and Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPG) and sometimes use skiffs
launched from mother vessels, which may be hijacked fishing
vessels or dhows, to conduct attacks far from the Somali coast.
Since Somali piracy is largely a hijack-for-ransom business,
it relies heavily on onshore support for infrastructure that
provides food, water, fuel and the leafy narcotic khat to the
militiamen who guard the hijacked ships throughout the ransom
The Horn of Africa has itself also suffered considerably from
the impact of piracy.
Somali pirates hijack
Indian cargo ship with 11 people on board
NEW DELHI (Xinhua) --
Somali pirates have hijacked an Indian cargo ship with 11 crew
members onboard, local media reports said Monday.
The ship named Al Kaushar according to New Delhi based
television news channel -- India Today -- was hijacked on
Saturday while on its way to Al Mukala port in Yemen from Dubai.
All the crew members are said to be Indians from Mandvi in
Reports said captain of the ship had informed owners of ship
as well as authorities in Dubai about the incident.
Indian officials so far have not issued any statement about
The officials in navy and ministry of external affairs have
been notified about the hijacking, reports said.
Pirates often attack cargo ships in international waters in
absence of patrolling.
Indian registered cargo
dhow was seized by suspected pirates
EU NAVFOR --
EU Naval Force can confirm that an Indian
registered cargo dhow was seized by suspected pirates on 01
April and is now in the vicinity of Hobyo, Somalia.
An EU Naval Force maritime patrol aircraft has confirmed the
exact location of the dhow and has attempted to establish radio
communications but without success.
Investigations and operations are ongoing.
Africa extends anti-piracy mission in Mozambique Channel
CAPE TOWN (Xinhua) --
South African President Jacob Zuma has extended
the employment of members of the South African National Defence
Force (SANDF) for service in the Mozambique channel on
anti-piracy operations, the Presidency said on Monday.
This is in fulfillment of the international obligations of
South Africa towards the Southern African Development Community
(SADC) maritime security, the Presidency said.
The employment of the 200 SANDF members has been extended for
the period April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018, said the Presidency.
The mission of the SANDF members is to monitor and deter
piracy activities along the Southern African Coast of the Indian
They will continue monitoring and deterring piracy activities
along the Southern African Coast of the Indian Ocean,
presidential spokesperson Bongani Ngqulunga said.
The SANDF has provided a permanent presence in the Mozambique
Channel since January 2011 on Operation Copper, which is
primarily an anti-piracy operation, in which the SANDF has
deployed a rotation of Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV’s), Frigates
and Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA).
The likelihood of a piracy incident taking place in the
Mozambique Channel is probably at its highest level since 2010,
the SANDF said recently.
South Africa got involved in anti-piracy operations following
a call for assistance from Mozambique.
Ocean going dhow, the Asayr 2, has been
hijacked by Somalia pirates
Pakistani Ship, PNS Tippu Sultan, Joining
Counter Piracy Task Force