EU NAVFOR --
EU Naval Force confirms that cargo ship, MV
OS-35, that was attacked by suspected armed pirates on Saturday
8 April, is safe and en route to port after successful
cooperation between international counter-piracy naval forces in
the Gulf of Aden.
Naval forces became aware of the
attack after MV OS-35’s master sent out a mayday alert to say
that armed men had climbed on board his ship. The master and
crew were able to secure themselves in a safe room, known as a
Upon hearing the alert, EU Naval Force’s Maritime Security
Centre (Horn of Africa) immediately issued a navigation warning
to all merchant shipping to warn them that a piracy incident had
Following close coordination between warships from the
Combined Maritime Forces, Chinese PLA Navy and Indian Navy, a
boarding team from a PLA Navy warship embarked MV OS-35 and
freed the crew.
The photograph of MV OS-35 was taken from EU Naval Force
warship, ITS Espero, which contributed to the coordinated
ITS Espero is now continuing with her counter-piracy patrols
in the Gulf of Aden to help deter and disrupt acts of piracy.
EU naval force probes
hijack of cargo vessel in Gulf of Aden
MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
The EU naval force in Somalia is investigating
reports of possible hijack of a cargo ship over the weekend in
the Gulf of Aden amid resurgence of piracy off the coast of
"EU Naval Force is working with counter-piracy partners to
investigate reports of a possible piracy incident involving a
cargo vessel on Saturday in the Gulf of the Aden," it said in a
statement on Sunday.
"Further information will be provided by the EU Naval Force
once facts about the incident are confirmed."
A merchant ship designed for the bulk transport of oil was
briefly hijacked by Somali pirates on Saturday evening but later
abandoned on Sunday before naval forces freed the vessel,
The latest incident came after the United Nations warned that
recent attacks on commercial ships off the coast of Somalia
highlight the continued threat of piracy.
The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) called on ships to
follow advice of navies and that of the International Maritime
Organization while planning passage through the region.
"After three attacks, following a lull of five years, it is
clear that Somali pirates are resurgent and intent on continuing
attacks on commercial shipping," UNODC Executive Director Yury
Fedotov said in a statement on April 4.
"I urge the international community to be vigilant, to work
in close partnership and to hold the Somali pirates
accountable," he added.
In March, Somali pirates attacked two vessels and a cargo
While the crews of the two vessels were later released, the
cargo ship’s crew are still held hostage, reports said.
According to UNODC, large parts of the Somali coast remain
beyond the reach of law enforcement authorities.
Somali pirates have in the past received hundreds of millions
of dollars in ransom from hijacking vessels.
Some hostages were injured or killed in the process.
The pirates tend to be well armed with automatic weapons and
rocket propelled grenades (RPG).
They sometimes use skiffs launched from mother vessels, which
may be hijacked fishing vessels or dhows, to conduct attacks far
from the Somali coast.
Indian cargo ship released
while nine hostages 'missing'
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Somalia security forces have rescued an Indian
cargo ship which was hijacked by Somali pirates on April 1 but
nine members of the 11-crew are missing, a regional maritime
official said on Tuesday.
John Steed, the regional manager of not for profit group,
Oceans Beyond Piracy said the hostages are believed to be being
held between the vicinity of Hobyo and Haradhere in central
"The Indian ship was released by Somalia security forces on
Monday night but nine of the 11 crew members are missing having
been taken ashore by the pirates.
"The vessel is sailing away," Steed told Xinhua by telephone.
The pirating of the Indian dhow came after the fuel tanker,
Aris 13, was held for four days by armed pirates.
The Indian ship, Al Kausar was one of three foreign vessels
to be hijacked after a five-year lull.
"We haven’t established where the hostages were taken," said
Steed, noting that Somali pirates are holding 17 hostages from
Iran and India.
"The pirates are holding 17 hostages at the moment.
"Eight are Iranians while nine are Indians," Steed said,
adding that efforts are underway to secure their release.
Al Kausar was chartered by a Somali businessman and was
carrying commercial goods.
The vessel which was en route from Dubai, the United Arab
Emirates (UAE) to Bosasso in Somalia was hijacked in the
vicinity of Socotra (Island).
The release of the Indian vessel comes after sailors from
Indian and Chinese Navies on Sunday freed a Tuvalu-registered
vessel which had been boarded by pirates.
The vessel had 19 crew members.
Somali pirates tend to be well armed with automatic weapons
and rocket propelled grenade (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.
Maritime experts said lack of economic opportunities and the
prevalence of illegal fishing are pushing more Somalis to turn
to piracy—partly as a form of protest and partly because they
see no other options.
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