General of Shipping on 6th April has issued Maritime Security
Advisory urging Indian ships/vessels not to transit Gulf of Aden (GoA) in the
wake of recent piracy incident on Indian Mechanized Sailing Vessel (MSV) on the
coast of Somalia region. The attention of all Indian ship owners is invited to
the information shared by Korean Naval ship, UK Maritime Trade Operations
(UKMTO) and International Maritime Bureau (IMB) regarding hijacking of Indian
Mechanized Sailing Vessel transiting Gulf of Aden off Socotra.
serious concern of stated facts of hijacking of MSVs by pirate and
understanding the fact of MSVs not being able to track and monitor through Long
Range Information Tracking (LRIT) system, therefore all sailing vessel
associations are strongly advised not to transit Gulf of Aden, says DGS
advisory. Noting further the consequences of the present situation involving
MSVs being hijacked for ransom. All the owners, operators and masters of all
Indian ships including sailing vessels and fishing vessels are hereby cautioned
not to enter into this region and keep their vessels well clear of this region and
preferably keeping a safe distance of at least more than 200 nautical miles
from the coast. Those who violate the instructions and decide to operate their
vessels in these waters would be doing so at their own risk only.
cargo ship Al Kaushar with 11 crew members on board has been hijacked by Somali
pirates on its way to AI Mukala port in Yemen from Dubai on 1st April.
All the crew members on the ship belong To Mandavi in Mumbai. Describing the
incident, the captain of the ship informed the owner that a skiff had
approached them seeking water. The owners of the ship want to get in touch with
the hijackers to try and figure out how the ship can be repatriated. Last
month, pirates had seized control of a Somali fishing boat to use as a base
from which to attack larger ships, a week after Somali pirates hijacked
their first commercial vessel since 2012. As many as ten Yemeni crew aboard the
boat were offloaded on the shore. Close on heels of the recent hijack, the
Somali pirates had returned Comoros-flagged oil tanker after five years.