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Latest Piracy and Threats to Shipping Report – May 26, 2008

May 27, 2008 by Akiva  
Filed under Maritime Piracy Attacks

Weekly Piracy and Maritime Security ReportThe Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) and the ICC Commercial Crime Services released their latest Maritime Safety Information on May 14 and May 26, 2008. The following maritime security incidents took place between May 19 and May 26, 2008.

 

 

  1. Gulf of Aden May 19, 2008: Two small speedboats approached a container ship underway from the bow. One of the speedboats had four pirates armed with automatic weapons and rocket launcher. The pirates aimed the rocket launcher towards the bridge and tried to board the vessel. Master raised alarm, took evasive maneuvers and crew mustered. After 10 minutes, the pirates aborted the attempt and were seen approaching two other ships about 5 miles off.

  2. Gulf of Aden May 23, 2008: Four pirates armed with automatic guns and rocket launcher in a grey colored, long speedboat approached a bulk carrier underway from the port quarter. They fired at the bridge and accommodation. Master raised alarm, increased speed, took evasive maneuvers and crew mustered. The pirates tried to board the ship without success and finally aborted the attempt. One, white hull fishing boat, was noticed about six nm off.

  3. Gulf of Aden May 24, 2008: Two boats, with four armed pirates in each boat, closed onto a tanker underway. The pirates opened fire with automatic guns and RPG. One RPG round hit and damaged the port bridge wing. Evasive maneuvers prevented the pirates from boarding. No injuries to crew and no pollution. After breaking off the two boats were reported to be drifting in the same vicinity.

  4. Gulf of Aden May 25, 2008: Pirates hijacked a general cargo ship 80 nm off the coast of Somalia. Nine crew members are held hostage on board. At present the vessel is 2.5 nm from the coast. Further reports awaited.

  5. Gulf of Aden May 25, 2008: Three boats closed onto to a bulk carrier underway. There were four armed persons in each boat. The boats followed the bulk carrier at a distance of one cable and the armed men were heard shouting in a foreign language. Master raised alarm, all crew mustered and anti piracy measures enforced. After following the vessel for 25 minutes, the boats aborted the attempt and moved away.

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