Sunday, October 31, 2010

Another Pirate Attack On A Tanker In A Grim Week

Settled Weather Brings Out Armed Skiffs
Shipping News Feature

EAST AFRICA – Yet another pirate attack yesterday early on the morning of the 30th October completed a miserable week for freight shipping through the Gulf of Aden and surrounding seas. The Liberian owned and Panamanian flagged MV Polar, a 72,000 dwt tanker was taken control of by an armed gang who now appear to be in control of the ship.

The seizure occurred around 600 miles East of the Yemeni island of Socotra and there is no firm news so far of the crew of twenty four, a mixture of Philippine, Montenegrin, Greek and Romanian citizens.

As we reported after the recent spate of attacks settled weather this month seems to enable the pirate gangs to roam further from their home bases in Somalia and making it more difficult for the EU NAVFOR Somalia patrols to detect and apprehend them.