SOMALI PIRATES STRIKE AGAIN
SOMALI pirates have and hijacked a tug in the Gulf of Aden and taken its six crew hostage, according to the latest ICC International Maritime Bureau weekly report. The attack took place last Friday.
The IMB reports that the tug's owners are in contact with the crew who are all safe. Negotiations for their safe release are said to be in progress.
Meanwhile, on the same day and also in the gulf of Aden, pirates shot at a tanker underway but failed to board it. The IMB says that the officer on watch sighted a small wooden with four men on board approaching the ship. The master was informed, alarm raised, accommodation locked down, fire hoses rigged and fire pump started.
The boat approached on the port side at a distance of 60 metres and signalled the ship to stop. The master took evasive action by steering a zig - zag course. The pirates started firing at the vessel's accommodation.
The ship continued zigzagging and activated the fire hoses. The pirate boat followed the ship for about 6 miles and aborted the attempt at 1530 hrs. No major damage to the ship was reported although no bears bullet marks on the accommodation.