Somali pirates attack tanker.
SOMALI pirates are back in action, with two failed hijack attempts on tanker and an unsuccessful approach to a containership leading to the detention of a number of suspects over the weekend.
Pirate activity in the Gulf of Aden has sharply reduced in recent weeks, largely on account of weather conditions. However, shipping sources are anticipating a further spate of attacks imminently as the monsoon abates.
According to a statement from the US Navy, eight people were arrested after two attacks in short succession on Tanzania-flag, 1984-built, 3,204 dwt product tanker Barakaale 1 on Saturday. The Lloyd"s MIU database gives the vessel as associated with a Phnom Penh-based company called Isman AI.
During the first incident, one of alleged pirates fell overboard. He was rescued by his colleagues, who then attempted to board for a second time.
The pirates" skiff was fired upon by a US Navy helicopter, causing it to come to a halt. At this point a team from USS Farragut boarded the skiff and made the arrests.
Also on Saturday, Turkish naval personnel intercepted a small craft which was acting suspiciously in the vicinity of the 2008-built, 8,100 teu boxship APL Finland. Conflicting reports from the region make it unclear whether any arrests resulted.
APL Finland is owned by Shoei Kisen Kaisha of Japan and management by Schulte Shipmanagement in China.