Statistics of pirated and released vessels and crews 2010 – 2012 (Full version see on - Maritime Bulletin)
Filed in Table only ocean-going merchant marine vessels, with unique IMO number, with more or less transparent history and known owners and operators, with known number and nationalities of crews.
No local vessels included, almost all of them, with regards to Somali piracy region, are so-called "dhow’. They are engaged in regional trade, goods may be anything from charcoal to illegal migrants. They don’t have IMO number, they aren’t listed in international reference books, they aren’t insured with international insurers, their owner may be any petty company or person along the coastlines of India, Pakistan, Persian Gulf, Oman or Red Sea. For world shipping, these vessels, their owners, their masters and their crews, are simply non-existent. Their costs may be thousands of USD, even maybe tens of thousands, but not anywhere close to the costs of international freighters. Their goods may cost thousands or tens of thousands USD, but not anywhere close to costs of cargoes carried by international freighters. To include in statistics local vessels means to mess all up – even those who’re trying to monitor hijacked local vessels can’t tell exact details of vessels and crews (including number of crews and nationalities), and hijack circumstances, whether vessel was really hijacked or it was prearranged, and vessel stays with pirates on some agreement.
List of merchant vessels presently held by Somali pirates (February 2012)
Ro-ro Iceberg I, UAE Ro-ro Iceberg I pirated on March 29 10 nm off Aden, crew 24: nationalities 9 Yemen, 6 India, 4 Ghana, 2 Sudan, 2 Pakistan, 1 Philippines. Iceberg I IMO 7429102, dwt 3960, built 1976, flag Panama, owner Azal Shipping & Cargo Dubai.
Boxship Albedo, Malaysia Boxship Albedo highjacked on Nov 26 2010 in Indian ocean, vessel was enroute from Jebel Ali UAE to Mombasa Kenya, loaded with containers. Crew 23, nationalities Pakistan, Bangladesh, Shri Lanka, Iran. Albedo IMO 9041162, dwt 15562, built 1993, flag Malaysia, owner Majestic Enrich Shipping Sendirian Berhad.
Bulk carrier Orna, UAE Bulk carrier Orna highjacked at midday Dec 20 2010 in Indian oecan in pos in 01 46S 060 32E, some 400 nm NE off Seyshelles. The attack was launched from 2 attack skiffs, with pirates firing small arms and rocket propelled grenades at the merchant vessel. The vessel was stopped and boarded by at least 4 pirates. Vessel was enroute Durban South Africa - Zhangzhou China carrying 26,500 tonnes of coal. Crew 19: 1 Shri Lanka and 18 Syria. Orna IMO 8312162, dwt 27915, built 1984, flag Panama. Registered owner Sirago Shipmanagement Co., operator Swedish Management, Dubai United Arab Emirates.
Product tanker Liquid Velvet, Greece Product tanker Liquid Velvet was hijacked by Somali pirates at 1152 UTC Oct 31 in position 1200N 04533E, while transiting the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC) from Suez to Mormugao, Goa, India. Vessel was fully complying with BMP4, after pirates boarded tanker crew, including 1 unarmed security personnel, hided in citadel, but pirates broke in and hijack tanker. Crew is 22: 21 Filipino and 1 Greek (security). Product tanker Liquid Velvet (Liquid Challenge till 01.10.2009) IMO 9083940, dwt 11559, built 1994, flag Marshall Islands, owner Minimal Enterprises Co., manager Elmira Tankers Management SA, both Greece.
Chem tanker Enrico Levoli, Italy On Dec 27 2011 pirates hijacked chemical tanker Enrico Levoli in position 18.18N - 57.36E, some 30 nm off Oman coast. Vessel loaded with 15750 tons of caustic soda was en route from Fujairah UAE to Yumurtalık, Adana Province, Turkey. Crew 18: 6 Italian, 5 Ukranian and 7 Indian. Judging from news and owner’s press-release, there were no armed guards on board. Chemical tanker Enrico Levoli IMO 9188415, dwt 16630, built 2000, flag Italy, owner Marnavi SPA, Napoli.
Ro-ro Leila, UAE Ro-ro Leila hijacked by Somali pirates Feb 17, in area between 16-00N 062-26E and 18 10 N 057 21 E. Ro-ro Leila IMO 7302794, GRT 2292, built 1973, flag Panama, manager AL HUFOOF CLEARING FORWARDING, UAE. Crew 15, nationalities India, Pakistan, Somali.
Bulk carrier Free Goddess, Greece Feb 08 2012 Somali pirates hijack bulk carrier Free Goddess at 1438UTC in position 13 32 N 058 36 E, 250 nm ENE of eastern tip of Socotra island, Arabian sea. Apparently vessel didn’t have armed guards on board. NATO reported probable hijack on Feb 9. Vessel was en route from Adabiya Egypt to Ko Si Chang Thailand with presumably, cargo of steel. Somalia Report says crew is 21, all Filipino. Bulk carrier Free Goddess IMO 9107045, dwt 22051, built 1995, flag Liberia, manager Free Bulkers S.A., Greece.
17 seamen: 6 crew (2 Danish, 4 Philippinese) from MV Leopard; 7 Indian crew from released tanker Asphalt Venture; 4 South Korean crew from released tanker Gemini. 30 fishermen: 4 fishermen from Thai f/v Prantalay 12; 26 fishermen (13 Chinese, 12 Vietnamese and 1 Taiwanese) from f/v Shiuh Fu No 1. 2 yachtsmen from the yacht Choizil (SAR).
Total 191 (142+49) seamen, fishermen and yachtsmen.
Crews by nationality:
Ghana: 4(Iceberg I)
Greece: 1 (Liquid Velvet)
India: 6(Iceberg I) + 7(Asphalt Venture – vessel released, but 7 still hold by pirates) + 7 (Enrico Levoli) = 20
Italy 6 (Enrico Levoli)
Yemen: 9(Iceberg I)
Pakistan: 2(Iceberg I)
Philippines: 1(Iceberg I) + 21(Liquid Velvet) + 21(Free Goddess) = 43
South Korea: 4 (Gemini – kept on land after tanker release)
Syria: 18 (Orna)
Sri Lanka 1(Orna)
Sudan: 2(Iceberg I)
Ukraine 6 (Enrico Levoli)
Boxship Albedo crew 23: Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Iran, Pakistan.
Ro-ro Leila crew 15: India, Pakistan Somali.
Type of vessels:
Tankers – 2
Boxships - 1
Ro-ro – 2
Bulk carriers - 2
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