- 15.11.2011: 0418 UTC: Posn: 15:49.1N – 055:04.8E, SE of Salalah, Oman (Off Somalia).
Eight pirates in two skiffs chased a product tanker underway. Master raised alarm, increased speed, took evasive manoeuvres and all crew except the bridge team mustered in the citadel. The security team onboard fired flares as a warning towards the skiffs. The pirates fired upon the tanker and finally aborted the attempted attack and moved towards a mother vessel.
- 11.11.2011: 0824 UTC: Posn: 03:56S – 047:14E, Around 450nm east of Mombasa, Kenya (Off Somalia).
Six pirates armed with guns and RPG in a skiff chased and fired upon a container ship underway. Master raised alarm, increased speed and all crew except the bridge team mustered in the citadel. After several attempts, the pirates aborted the attempted boarding due to the hardening measures taken by the ship. A mother vessel was in the vicinity. No injuries to crew but there are some damages to the ship and cargo.
- 30.10.2011: 1230 UTC: Posn: 04:19.3S – 043:42.7E, Around 240nm east of Mombasa, Kenya, (Off Somalia).
About four to five pirates in a skiff armed with guns chased and fired upon a tanker underway. Master raised alarm and all crew except the bridge team mustered in the citadel. The onboard armed security team fired warning shots resulting in the pirates aborting the attempted attack and moving away.
- 11/07/11 - Taiwanese ship feared captured by Somali pirates
Somali pirates have likely captured a Taiwanese fishing vessel off the Indian Ocean archipelago of the Seychelles, Taiwanese authorities said Saturday.
The Chin Yi Wen with a crew of 28, including nine Chinese, eight Filipinos, six Indonesians and five Vietnamese nationals, had been out of contact since Friday and was likely seized by Somali pirates, the foreign ministry said.
- 11/07/11 - Vietnam war vets seize back hijacked ship
Taiwan hailed on Monday the bravery of five Vietnamese war vets who launched a surprise assault on six armed pirates and successfully took back their vessel after it had been hijacked off East Africa. The former Vietnam war fighters had been recruited by Taiwan to be part of a 28-man crew on the “Chin Yi Wen”, a 290-tonne vessel, along with nine Chinese, eight Filipinos and six Indonesians.
The crew, who had been out of contact with the ship since Friday according to the foreign ministry, forced the six armed Somali pirates to jump overboard, and successfully took back control of the ship. Liu Wan-tien, the owner of the vessel based in the southern Taiwanese city Kaohsiung, said the five Vietnamese sailors launched the surprise assault on the pirates as they were having a meal, the state Central News Agency reported.
The pirates were forced to jump into the high sea and were likely picked up by a small boat operated by the same Somali pirates group, it said.
“Likely picked up” means nobody really knows. Or cares. In other words, they’re probably sharki-snax by now. Too bad.
According to the ICC, right now only 11 ships and 197 prisoners are being held captive in Somalia. Other reports put those numbers at 47 ships and 500 sailors. Either way, isn’t it time our great War Leader Obama did something about this?
Now we should just take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.
Macker is right.
Who’d miss that place? Obliterate it once and for all.
But you know. The weepy eyed hand wringers in charge won’t allow it. Shame that.
Nuke them tol they glow, so you can shoot ‘em in the dark!