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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Somali Pirates: Ship Attack 10 Oct 11

Yellow arrow points to attack
Ship attack reported by NATO Shipping Center here:
Alert 227 / 2011 (AKA NSC 1) 10/10/2011 04:50 1231N 06148E Attacked
A piracy alert has been raised by the Maritime Security Centre.
Alert 227
Date of alert : October 10, 2011
Alert type : Pirate Attack
Location : [227] INDIAN OCEAN 12 31 N 061 48 E
Latitude : 12 31 N
Longitude : 043 01 E

At 0452 UTC / 10 OCT 11 / a merchant vessel is currently under attack by 1 skiff in position 12 31 N 061 48 E. Pirates used an RPG in this attack.

Vessels are advised to exercise extreme caution when navigating within 100 nautical miles of the position given in this report and maintain maximum CPA with any ship acting suspiciously.

NOTE: This attack is also referred to as NSC 1
This report may be related:
State TV in Italy says pirates have attacked an Italian cargo ship carrying 23 crew members in waters off Somalia.
The ship’s owner, D’Alessio Group, said five armed men conducted the attack Monday morning. But to protect the crew, the company said it would not provide any other details.
D’Allesio’s statement said the attack on its Montecristo ship occurred 620 miles (1,000 kilometers) off Somalia as the crew — seven Italians, six Ukranians and 10 Indians — was hauling scrap iron to Vietnam on a journey that began Sept. 20 in Liverpool, England.
If so, this may be the ship:

Photo by Ria Maat from Shipspotting.com and used iaw with terms of that site

UPDATE: 11 Oct 11 From the comments below an updated report from TradeWinds indicating the crew is in a citadel.


  1. Vessel was reportedly taken and as noted was the Montecristo. Additional info suggests that the crew made it to the citadel, but the un-armed security team stayed outside to defend the vessel.

  2. mandb6:44 AM

    Recent update here - http://www.tradewindsnews.com/piracy/644962/citadel-hope-for-montecristo

  3. Thanks for the updates