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More Somali Pirates Busted

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Australian sailors have captured a gang of speedboat pirates after a dramatic 36-hour sea chase off Africa.

Like a scene from the new biopic film Captain Phillips about Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean, HMAS Melbourne was on patrol off the Horn of Africa when she was directed to lead a three-vessel search operation for two pirate boats.

After steaming for 36 hours at full speed the task group caught the criminals and their high-powered skiffs and Melbourne launched a heavily armed boarding party to intercept the pirate vessels.

The nine pirates who were aboard the boats surrendered without a fight and were transferred to the ship which will deliver them back to Somalia.

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HMAS Melbourne, an Australian navy vessel, has caught Somali pirates while the ship was patrolling, 500 nautical miles off the Somali coast.

According to Combined Maritime Forces, the HMAS Melbourne was a part of multi-national anti-piracy task force and she was guided to the boats of the pirates by a Seahawk helicopter. They were the first to spot the two pirates’ skiffs.

On Friday, the pirates had already attacked Island Splendor, a supertanker, off the Somali coast. They also have been suspected in assaulting a Spanish fishing boat 3 days after they had fired [on] Island Splendor.

The pirates’ boats have been searched by the military men, which were armed. They have arrested nine Somalis.

The boats and all their equipment has been blown up by the an Australian military helicopter.



One Down:

Anti-Piracy Guardship Still Held By India

Captive Chief Engineer Attempts Suicide



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The chief engineer of a US-owned ship detained in India has attempted to take his own life while in jail, police say.

The MV Seaman Guard Ohio was detained on 12 October and its crew, which includes Indians, Britons, Ukrainians and Estonians, was arrested on Friday.

Police said others present in the cell prevented the engineer from taking his life. His nationality is not known.

Indian authorities say the vessel entered Indian waters with a huge cache of weapons on board.

AdvanFort, the US-company which owns the Sierra-Leone-registered vessel, said it was involved in supporting anti-piracy operations in the Indian Ocean.

The ship is currently anchored at Tuticorin port in southern Tamil Nadu state.

“All of the firearms and ammunition are used to safeguard commercial ships from piracy in high-risk areas,” [ship owner AdvanFort spokesman William] Watson told FoxNews.com Monday. “These guys are decorated military veterans. They’re brave, honest men who spend months away from their families to protect ships from pirates and this is how they’re being treated.”

Watson said the security vessel was detained Oct. 12 by the Indian Coast Guard and is currently anchored at a port in southern Tamil Nadu state—unmanned with its engine still running.

The ship was running low on fuel in international waters and had asked the Indian government if it could come into port for refueling—a request that was denied, according to Watson.

“By the time the Indians said ‘no,’ we were getting dangerously low on fuel, so we went to an agent and broker in India to buy a small amount of fuel to get us to another, smaller port in either Sri Lanka or the Maldives,” Watson said.

After pumping about 423 gallons (1,600 liters) into the vessel—an amount Watson said is “nothing in terms of maritime fuel”—the Indian coast guard directed the ship to come into port.

Indian authorities then “poured onto our ship,” Watson said, claiming the documents, permits and licenses for the firearms and ammunition were invalid. They arrested and jailed 33 of the crew members, which included Indian, British and Estonian nationals, and then came back two days later to apprehend the ship’s engineer and captain—both Ukrainian nationals.

The chief engineer, whom Watson declined to name, attempted suicide as the Indian authorities forced him from the vessel, according to multiple sources. Capt. Dudnik Valentyn, who had spent nearly a year as a captive of Somali pirates in 2011, was also taken and thrown into an Indian jail.

The MV Seaman Guard Ohio is a 50 meter, 397 ton ship ... which may or may not be operating with any authorization. But hey, it’s the open ocean, so just who do they need authorization from?

Speaking in the aftermath of the detention of the MV Seaman Guard Ohio, former Commanding-in-Chief of the Southern Naval Command Vice Admiral (retd) K N Sushil said : “Who authorised them? What are the conditionalities involved? Who pays them? What is the right of passage for the vessel to enter Indian territorial waters? Who sanctioned them the right to operate with armed guards? If no countries have issued such a sanction, they themselves should be treated as pirates,”. [36] The former Vice Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral (retd) K K Nayyar echoed : “What was the objective and purpose of the ship in Indian waters ? There is not much piracy near our maritime borders. I think some of the biggest scandals are happening out there, and we have to find out what,”

More on that bit of mystery here.

Pirates or politics, or are both pretty much the same thing in that corner of the world?


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 10/22/2013 at 04:43 PM   
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