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Thursday, June 16, 2005

15 June ONI World Wide Threat to Shipping

Go here and click on the date. Highlights:
1. Following the 31 May attack on a tanker near Basra oil terminal, Coalition forces will increase anti-piracy patrols in the N. Persian Gulf. According to a 14 Jun press item the U. K.'s Maritime Trade Operations (MTO)office advised commercial vessels to be alert to coalition forces and to comply with their directions (UKMTO). (Somewhat ironic in light of this)

2. STRAIT OF MALACCA: An unidentified tanker was hijacked 13 June
at 2100 UTC while underway off Langkawi Island. Ten armed pirates boarded from a speedboat. One crew member managed to escape in the pirates' boat, landed at Langkawi and notified police. Police dispatched a police boat
which found the tanker off Pulau Lebar. The pirates subsequently surrendered and were taken to Langkawi for investigation (IMB). (See the latest reprts of a possible "inside job" in the attempted hijacking of the tanker Nepline Delima here and here)
Read the whole ONI report because it shows how active a field this is...

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