Somali-based pirates have taken advantage of the end of the monsoon season to replenish their ?fleet? of captured vessels being held for ransom.
Somali-based pirates have taken advantage of the end of the monsoon season to replenish their ?fleet? of captured vessels being held for ransom off the country's coast according to the EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR).
On Thursday morning a Thailand-flag fishing vessel the Thai Union 3 was hijacked about 200 nautical miles north of the Seychelles and 650 miles off the Somali coast. The EU NAVFOR maritime patrol aircraft based in the Seychelles was sent to the scene and confirmed that pirates were on board. Skiffs used by pirates were sighted onboard the fishing vessel. EU NAVFOR said it would continue to monitor the vessel that appeared to be heading towards the Somali coast.
Meanwhile the captors of the British couple hijacked from their yacht appear to have realised that Paul and Rachel Chandler are not rich people. Initial reports of demands for $7m seem to have been much reduced in the the face of a UK government refusal to pay any ransom and pleas from the couple's family that all of the Chandlers' savings were in the form of their yacht which was abandoned by the pirates.
One report says the pirates are considering swapping the Chandlers for seven pirates captured by the German Navy last week although most observers think it highly unlikely that the German government would agree to any such deal.