THE ICC International Maritime Bureau has called on Coalition naval vessels to act against pirates operating up to 100 miles off the Somali coast. IMB Director P Mukundan said: “There is no government in Somalia that can take responsibility for law enforcement in its territorial waters. I call on Coalition warships to stop hijacked vessels reaching Somali waters. If this were to happen it would be an effective deterrent.”It's reported here that "An armed escort for two Kenyan-registered ships that were hijacked by pirates in Somalia has retreated after encountering rough seas."
Meanwhile industry sources report that a handysize bulk carrier may have been hijacked about 100 miles off the Somali coast earlier today.
It has also been reported that the cargo ship Semlow, with a cargo of World Food Programme grain on board, has now left Somali waters under the tow of a sister ships. However a third ship belonging to the same company, the Torgelow, apparently remains in prate hands with no news of the vessel or crew received.
Thursday, October 20, 2005
Everyone seems to be sick of the chaos the Somali pirates are creating and now this: