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Piracy News And Numbers

Somali Pirates Pushed off Ship, Captain Killed

(September 26, 2009) Somali pirates attempted to hijack a ship Thursday night in the Mogadishu port but were eventually scared away by a rescue effort. The Syrian captain on the Panama-flagged ship was killed in the incident.  The African Union forces and Somali police responded after receiving a distress call from the ship. Barigye Ba-hoku, the spokesman for African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia, known as AMISOM, says

“We deterred them, we were able to stop them from taking the ship. I’m not aware if they took any other valuables, but what is a fact is that the ship was saved, it was rescued, and it was delivered to the harbor, and it is still there,” he said.

But the captain was killed after reportedly refusing to turn the ship back out to sea.

“The gunman injured the captain of the ship, and he later succumbed to his wounds and died. And another crew member was also injured; he’s undergoing treatment,” said Ba-hoku.




Turkish commandos capture 7 pirates off Somalia

(September 26, 2009)Turkey’s military says navy commandos aboard a frigate have captured seven pirates in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia’s coast.

The military says the commandos aboard the TCG Gediz raided the skiff early Saturday following a request to block it before it could attack two ships bearing the flag of Panama.

A statement on the military’s Web site says a navy helicopter aboard the frigate also took part in the operation.

The Turkish frigate is in the area as part of a NATO force patrolling the seas.




South Korean destroyer rescues 5 Yemeni fishermen after repelling pirates

(September 20, 2009) South Korea’s military says one of its destroyers has repelled pirates pursuing cargo ships off the coast of Yemen and rescued five Yemeni fishermen.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff say the destroyer dispatched a helicopter Saturday after learning that pirates were chasing the three cargo ships off Yemen’s southern coast.

They said in a statement Sunday that the destroyer later arrived at the scene, inspected the two pirate ships and rescued five Yemeni fishermen held by them. It said no fighting or injuries occurred.




Piracy doubles in first six months of 2009

Piracy attacks around the world more than doubled to 240 from 114 during the first six months of the year compared with the same period in 2008, the ICC International Maritime Bureau’s Piracy Reporting Centre (IMB) said today (July 15, 2009).

“As in the last quarterly report, the rise in overall numbers is due almost entirely to increased Somali pirate activity off the Gulf of Aden and east coast of Somalia, with 86 and 44 incidents reported respectively,” the report said.

The year’s second quarter saw 136 reports of piracy compared with 104 in the first three months of 2009, an increase of almost a third.

A total of 78 vessels were boarded worldwide, 75 vessels fired upon and 31 vessels hijacked with some 561 crew taken hostage, 19 injured, seven kidnapped, six killed and eight missing. The attackers were heavily armed with guns and knives in the majority of incidents. “Violence against crew members continues to increase,” the report concluded.

Nevertheless, the presence of navies in the Gulf of Aden from several countries have made it difficult for pirates to hijack vessels and has led them to seek new areas of operation such as the southern Red Sea and the east coast of Oman, where Somali pirates are believed to be responsible for a spate of recent attacks.

The report said that attacks off the eastern coast of Somalia had decreased in recent months after peaking in March and April, with no attacks reported in June. But the Piracy Reporting Centre attributed the decline to heavy weather associated with the monsoons that are expected to continue into August. The centre said vigilance should nevertheless remain high during this period.

Nigeria continues to be a high risk area, with 13 incidents reported in the second quarter to the IMB and at least 24 other attacks which have not been directly reported.

“The majority of attacks are against vessels supporting the oil industry,” remarked IMB Director Pottengal Mukundan.




1Q - 3Q Total Piracy figures for 2009 surpass those for all of 2008

(September 23, 2009) The number of piratical incidents reported so far in 2009 has surpassed the total number reported in 2008, according to the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB).

The total number of attacks reported to the IMB’s Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC), to date this year, is 294. Of these, 34 resulted in successful hijackings of vessels. A total of 559 hostages have been taken in these hijackings.

As with the figures of 2008, the lion’s share of hijackings have taken place off the coast of Somalia, either in the Gulf of Aden or off the country’s east coast in the Indian Ocean. Ninety-seven of the 294 attacks have taken place in the Gulf of Aden, whilst a further 47 have taken place off the rest of the coast of Somalia. In addition, four attacks have taken place off the coast of Oman, although they can also be attributed to suspected Somali pirates. Somali pirates accounted for 32 hijackings with 532 crew taken hostage. Four crew were killed.

Somali pirates are currently holding four ships and 82 crew off the east coast of Somalia.

Over half the worldwide attacks are attributed to Somalia pirates according to IMB PRC figures 2009




Obviously these attacks are pretty much continuous. There’s one nearly every single day. And it looks like 2009 will see about a 35% increase in the total number of attacks compared to 2008, and 2008 was bad enough. But right this, right now, only 4 ships and 82 crewmen are being held captive.  That’s got to be the smallest numbers in a long time. Sounds like a perfect time to go in and blast the pirates to Kingdom Come, burn the place to the ground, and salt the earth. Take over their bases and they’ll have no place to land. (All your base are belong to us!)

Oh, if only our Dear Leader had a pair.


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