How the Somali pirates have operated this year
SOMALI pirates intensified attacks from their coast and were responsible for 44 percent of the 289 pirate attacks on the oceans in the first nine months of this year, says a report by the International Chamber of Commerce International Maritime Bureau.
Carrying out 35 of the 39 ship hijackings worldwide from January to September, Somali pirates used fishing vessels to reach as far as the southern Red Sea, where they hijacked a chemical tanker in July, the first such hijacking recorded in the area.
Pirates are heavily armed with automatic weapons and rocket propelled grenades. The bureau’s Piracy Reporting Centre figures show that in the past nine months pirates boarded 128 ships and fired at 52.
A total of 70 vessels reported they had thwarted attacks.
Pirates used guns in 137 incidents and knives in 66, killing one crew member, injuring 27 and taking 773 hostages in this piracy hotspot. The level of hijackings remained similar to that of last year.