Somali pirates who hijacked UAE ship did not mean any harm
Ten Somali pirates who hijacked the UAE ship MV-Arrilah in April last year did not mean any harm, their defence lawyer told a court yesterday.The men are appealing the life sentences handed out by the Federal Primary Court.Their lawyer, Nashwa Al Kubaissi, said the men came from poor societies where people were prone to being tricked by criminals into carrying out certain acts.She also emphasised that two of the pirates were juveniles.”They had rocket propelled grenades with them which they could have used to attack the troops but they did not,” she said, noting that none of the crew members were seriously hurt in the attack.The two men who masterminded the hijacking operation have escaped, so the case was missing vital elements and evidence.Ms Al Kubaissi also questioned whether the proper permits had been obtained before the arrest of the 10 men. The case was adjourned to January 21
Piracy activity is expected to stay low despite the end of the monsoons due to increased security
Early morning on 21 April, the Bulk Carrier MV ROSALIA D’AMATO was pirated approximately 350NM South East of Salalah, Oman, in the Indian Ocean.
The 74,500 tonne Italian flagged and owned vessel was on its way to Bandar Imam Khomeini (Iran) from Paranagua (Brazil) when it was attacked by a single skiff. Coalition warships had communications with the vessel and were told: ‘pirates onboard stay away’. The MV ROSALIA D’AMATO has a crew of 21(6 Italians, 15 Filipinos). There is no further information about the crew at present. The MV ROSALIA D’AMATO was registered with MSC(HOA) and was reporting to UKMTO. EUNAVFOR are continuing to monitor the situation.
Dutch marines killed two pirates and captured 16 others during an operation to free a hijacked Iranian fishing boat off the coast of Somalia, the Defense Ministry said Monday.
source: The Associated Press
At approximately 0900Z on 28 March, the Crude Oil Tanker the MV ZIRKU was pirated approximately 250 nautical miles South East of Salalah in the eastern part of the Gulf of Aden.
The UAE flagged and Kuwaiti owned vessel was on its way to Singapore from Bashayer (Sudan) when it was attacked. The vessel was attacked by 2 pirate skiffs firing RPGs and small arms. The MV ZIRKU has a crew of 29 (1 Croatian, 1 Iraqi, 1 Filipino, 1 Indian, 3 Jordanians, 3 Eqyptians, 2 Ukrainians and 17 Pakistanis). There is no further information about the crew at present.
The MV ZIRKU was registered with MSC(HOA), and was reporting to UKMTO. EUNAVFOR are continuing to monitor the situation.
At approximately 0600Z on 28 February, the Bulk Cargo Carrier MV DOVER was pirated approximately 260 nautical miles North East of Salalah in the North Arabian Sea. The Panamanian flagged, Greek owned vessel was on its way to Saleef (Yemen) from Port Quasim (Pakistan) when it was attacked. Details of the attack are not known at this time.
The MV DOVER has a crew of 23 (3 Romanian, 1 Russian and 19 Filipinos). There is presently no communication with the vessel and no information regarding the condition of the crew.
The MV DOVER was registered with MSC(HOA), and was reporting to UKMTO. EUNAVFOR are continuing to monitor the situation.
This week saw yet another hijack of a Greek owned chemical tanker in the Gulf of Aden.
The Maltese-flagged ship and her 18 crew members was captured during a ballast passage in the Gulf of Aden on Wednesday according to the European Union’s naval force.
The 6,375-tonne Greek-owned vessel, MV OLIB G reportedly came under fire on Wednesday 08/09/10 from a group of pirates in the west of the IRTC.
“Early on the morning of 8 September, the Merchant Vessel (MV) OLIB G, flagged Malta, was pirated in the east part of the Gulf of Aden,” said a statement from EU naval force.
With the Shabab militant group sweeping across Somalia and the US-backed central government teetering on life support, Mr Ismail Haji Noor, a local government official stood on a beach flanked by dozens of pirate gunmen, two hijacked ships over his shoulder, and announced, ‘‘From now on we’ll be working together.’’