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November 12, 2009

Pirate attacks continue

Pirate activity in the Gulf of Aden continues at a high level

On the morning of November 12, in the eastern Gulf of Aden, EU NAVFOR reports that two merchant vessels were attacked by pirates. There are no reports of casualties.

The first attack was on MV FULL STRONG, a Hong Kong flagged 220 meter long bulk carrier. MV FULL STRONG was approached by pirates in two skiffs and a mother skiff but managed to evade the attack.

Shortly after this attack, in almost the same position, MV FENGLI 8, a Panama flagged 225 meter bulk carrier was attacked by two fast attack skiffs and one mother skiff. The master and crew were alert and immediately activated anti piracy measures, usingspeed and evasive action, they were able to avoid being hijacked.

EU NAVFOR Norwegian warship HNOMS Fridtjof Nansen on counter piracy patrol in the Gulf of Aden has been tasked to search for the pirate attack group.

The most recent successful hijacking was early morning on November 11 when the Greek owned (Marshall Island flagged) bulker MV Filitsa was hijacked in the south Somali Basin, 400 nautical miles North East of the Seychelles. The Bulk Carrier with a deadweight of 23,709 tonnes has a crew of 22.

In another incident on November 11, two RHIBS from Fridtjof Nansen, came under fire when conducting a routine patrol off the Somali coast 83 nautical miles from Boosaaso. Weather conditions were clear with good visibility. The RHIB's were suddenly fired upon while passing some Dhows at a distance of approximately 400 meters. The EU NAVFOR units responded with covering fire and withdrew to a safe distance.


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