NEW SOMALI HIJACKING
IN the latest hijacking reported in Somali waters a general cargo ship was proceeding to Mombasa, Kenya after discharging UN WFP chartered cargo at Mogadishu when pirates in a boat chased her, opened fire with automatic weapons, boarded her and hijacked her ? according to the latest ICC International Maritime Bureau weekly piracy report. Other reports identify the ship, seized on 17.10.07, as the Comoros Island-flag Almarjan, operated by Dubai-based Biyat International.
The pirates sailed the vessel into coastal waters and anchored closer to shore. The IMB says: ?To date, the owners have lost all contact with the vessel. The fate of the crew members and ship is not known.?
In a similar incident a few days later a UN WFP chartered general cargo ship was fired upon and chased by pirates while en route to Mombasa after discharging cargo at Mogadishu.
The IMB rep[rots that the vessel increased speed, switched off her lights and headed towards the open sea. The pirates continued chasing the vessel. Eventually however the vessel managed to escape as the distance between the vessel and the pirate"s boats slowly increased.
A number of attempted hijackings have also been reported in including an unsuccessful attack on a bulk carrier underway during which numerous shots were fired at the ship's accommodation. There were no injuries to the crew.