ERITREAN PIRATES HIJACK FISHING VESSEL
IN an indication of the level of danger of piracy in the southern Red Sea, the ICC International Maritime Bureau says in its weekly report a hijacking of a fishing vessel on the high seas off Eritrean waters.
The IMB says that pirates attacked and fired upon an Egyptian fishing vessel underway and forced it to stop on 7 June. They hijacked the vessel to Eritrean regional waters and are holding 23 crew member.
Would appear to be suggest hostage taking for the purpose of extorting ransom appears to be spreading from Somalia where pirates are believed to be holding four vessels
Meanwhile off Somali waters the IMB reports an incident in which three boats approached a tanker on converging courses. As the ship altered her course, the boats adjusted their course and continued to approach the ship. As the ship increased speed, the distance between the boats and ship increased which prevented the boarding.