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21 April 2010 :: 12:04:52 pm 18602

Somali Pirates Seize Three Thai Fishing Vessels

Pirates have successfully seized three Thai fishing vessels off the coast of Somalia on Sunday. The ships owned by a Thai-based fishery company are being taken at present to an unknown port off the Somali coast.
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Somalia, the 21st of April 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: The three Thai vessels, including a total of 77 crew members are reported to be in a good condition and unharmed as a result of the hijackings. All three of the ships, the MV Prantalay 11, MV Prantalay 12 and MV Prantalay 14 are owned by the Thai-based PT Interfishery Company.

The EU’s anti-piracy force EU NAVFOR revealed that the vessels had been captured some 2000km of the coast of Somalia, 1000km outside the patrol area, proving that the presence of the EU anti-piracy forces is working. Currently forces patrolling the area in the Gulf of Aden, off the coast of Somalia, include NATO, Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) and EU NAVFOR vessels.

Anti-piracy patrols were put in place at the end of 2008 in order to combat a rapid surge in pirate hijackings on ships passing through the Gulf of Aden, a heavily trafficked international shipping corridor. The success of pirates obtaining huge multi-million dollar ransoms for seized ships caused the rapid spread of the illegal activities, which are proving hard to defend against internally due to the complete lack of an organised government in Somalia since 1991.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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