April Piracy Reports!!!
April 6, 2009: About 630 nm SE of Mogadishu, Somalia. Armed pirates chased, boarded and hijacked a fishing trawler underway. Information available indicates that the fishing vessel was then used to try to hijack other fishing vessels in the vicinity. Pirates later directed the vessel towards the Somali coast.
April 6, 2009: Gulf of Aden. A bulk carrier was attacked and hijacked by Somali pirates whilst underway. The ship is proceeding towards Somali coast.
April 6, 2009: Arabian sea. A bulk carrier underway, detected on radar speed boats approaching from the starboard bow/port bow at a distance of 12nm. The speed boats increased speed and approached closer with a CPA of 0.01nm, master increased speed, all crew mustered, activated fire hoses, switched on all lights, sent distress signal, made evasive maneuvers and succeeded in preventing the boarding.
April 4, 2009: About 315 nm SE of Mogadishu, Somalia. Pirates attacked and hijacked a container ship underway. The pirates sailed the vessel to an undisclosed location in Somalia.
April 4, 2009: Off Somalia. Six pirates in a speed boat chased a container ship underway. Master contacted the piracy reporting centre who informed the coalition forces. Pirates armed with AK47 opened fire on the vessel causing damages. Master took evasive maneuvers which prevented the pirate boat from closing in.
April 2, 2009: Somalia. While underway, a mother vessel launched two skiffs / color blue which chased and fired upon a container ship. Master made evasive maneuvers and prevented the boarding.
April 2, 2009: Gulf of Aden. Two speed boats, blue and white in color, with 3 or 4 persons onboard approached a bulk carrier underway at over 20 knots. The speed boats came as close as 0.40 nm. The Master sounded the general alarm and whistle. An Indian warship was informed. Two helicopters from Japan and India responded and the pirates aborted their attempt on sighting the helicopters.
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