GULF OF ADEN

  • Indian commandos to secure merchant vessels September 16, 2012

    New Delhi: Concerned over rising instances of piracy off the Somali coast in the Gulf of Aden, India is readying an initial 100man team to protect its merchant vessels in the area. This is the first time armed personnel will be deployed aboard cargo ships. The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)...
  • Somali pirates jailed for 10 years in Yemen November 20, 2011

    Sana'a: A Yemeni criminal court has sentenced 10 Somalis to 10 years in prison after convicting them of piracy in Yemen's territorial waters, the staterun Saba news agency reported. The court based in Mukalla, the provincial capital city in Yemen's southeast province of Hadramout, said that the convicts were arrested while...
  • 'Ensure adequate control over maritime activity' October 1, 2011

    Mumbai: Voicing concern over growing incidents of piracy close to the Indian shores, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday stressed the need to ensure adequate control over maritime activity for security reasons. "As our maritime sector, including shipping ports, shipbuilding and ship repair is of vital significance to our economy, we...
  • Indian Navy foils piracy attempts in Gulf of Aden September 26, 2011

    New Delhi: Three piracy attempts in last four days in the Gulf of Aden have been thwarted by the Indian Navy which neutralised eight armed Somali pirates, Navy officials said on Monday. "Naval warship INS Sukanya thwarted the piracy attempts by Somali pirates in Gulf of Aden yesterday morning and September...
  • Somali pirates: organised robbers on high seas March 21, 2011

    New Delhi: As India and 30 other countries struggle to contain piracy in the Gulf of Aden a look at the highly trained pirates who terrorize and kidnap our sailors. They are the may look like a rag tag group but the 20odd gangs of Somalian pirates are highly organized...
  • Pirates hijack Singaporean ship on way to India June 28, 2010

    Beijing: A Singaporean ship sailing from Saudi Arabia to India with 19 Chinese sailors on board was on Monday hijacked by pirates in waters of the Gulf of Aden, the China Marine Rescue Centre said. The ship 'Golden Blessing' was hijacked by an unknown number of pirates, official Xinhua news agency...
  • Somali pirates 'get' $4 mn ransom for freeing ship December 27, 2009

    Mogadishu: A helicopter dropped a $4 million ransom payment on Sunday on to the deck of a Chinese coal ship hijacked by Somali pirates in midOctober, said a pirate source on board the vessel. The De Xin Hai and its 25 crew were carrying about 76,000 tonnes of coal from South...
  • Pirates seize Indian dhow, crew off Somalia: group December 14, 2009

    Nairobi: Pirates have seized an Indian dhow off the coast of Somalia in the third such incident in a week, a regional maritime official said on Monday. Andrew Mwangura of the Mombasabased East African Seafarers' Assistance Programme said his group was seeking more details on the vessel, which he named as...
  • Ship with 24 Indian crewmembers hijacked off Somalia October 22, 2009

    Mumbai: A Panamanian cargo vessel with 24 Indian crew members on board was hijacked near Seychelles early Thursday morning, an official said Thursday. M V Al Khaliq was carrying a crew of 26 and was travelling from Novorosskysk in Russia to Mombasa in Kenya with a cargo of grain, according to...
  • Indian hostages of Somali pirates safe October 18, 2009

    New Delhi: Four Indian crewmembers of a Singaporeflagged ship that was hijacked by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden on Thursday are safe, said relatives and officials on Sunday. A statement on the website of European Unions antipiracy force said the Kota Wajar was seized early on Thursday in the...
  • Somali pirates leave dhow; release 14 Indian crew July 15, 2009

    Nairobi: Somali pirates abandoned a dhow and its 14member Indian crew on Thursday after using the ship to attack an oil tanker earlier this week, a European Union antipiracy force said. Sea gangs have seized a string of vessels over the last week in a flurry of activity ending a monsoon...
  • Indian Navy foils piracy bid, leaves pirates high and dry May 29, 2009

    New Delhi, May 29 (IANS) It was an antipiracy operation with a twist in the tale: Instead of arresting the eight pirates who were attempting to board a merchant vessel in the Gulf of Aden, Indian Navy commandos seized their weapons, emptied their skiff of its fuel and set it...
  • Pirates attack German ship captured off Somalia March 31, 2009

    San'a, Yemen: Seven pirates opened fire on a German naval supply ship in the Gulf of Aden but were chased down and captured by an international antipiracy task force, the US Navy and European officials said on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Yemen reported that pirates killed a Yemeni fisherman and wounded two others...
  • Somali pirates hijack another ship in Gulf of Aden January 30, 2009

    Gulf of Aden: Somali pirates on Thursday hijacked a Germanowned tanker carrying liquefied petroleum gas in the Gulf of Aden, the third ship to be taken this year, a maritime group said. Pirates freed at the weekend the MT Biscaglia which had 30 crew on board, 25 Indians, three...
  • 25 Indian sailors released by Somali pirates January 24, 2009

    Mumbai: After nearly two months in captivity, 25 Indian sailors have been released by Somali pirates though there was no word on whether any ransom was paid to the brigands. A Directorate General of Shipping official said 25 Indian and three Bangladeshi crew members of MT Biscaglia, a Liberian flag vessel...
  • Ship sinks in Gulf of Aden, 300 drowns January 18, 2009

    Sana'a (Yemen): A ship with around 300 Somali and Ethiopian migrants aboard capsized in the Gulf of Aden on Saturday, Yemen's interior ministry reported. The ministry said in a statement that coast guard authorities rushed rescue teams to search for survivors. "The fate of most of the passengers remains unknown," it...
  • Fleeing pirates' boat capsizes, survivor narrates tale January 13, 2009

    The Sirius Star, a supertanker captured by Somali and Kenyan pirates in November, was released over the weekend. The ransom was dropped by a parachute onto the ship and the pirates then departed in a small boat. But something went horribly wrong as the boat capsized a little away from...
  • Somali pirates free ship; Indians among crew safe January 11, 2009

    Mumbai: Seven Indians and the hijacked vessel, MV Delight, have been released by the pirates and those released are safe, Directorate General of Shipping said here today. On Saturday night, the pirates released the vessel and 25 crew members on board, DG Shipping said in a statement. MV Delight, a Hong Kong...
  • Somali pirates hijack Yemeni ship in the Arabian Sea January 3, 2009

    Sana'a: Somali pirates hijacked a Yemeni tanker carrying more than 2,000 tonnes of diesel in the Arabian Sea Saturday, Yemen's defence ministry said. The ship was en route from the Gulf of Aden to the southeastern port of Nashtoon when the pirates attacked it and diverted it to the Somali...
  • Malaysia foils hijack bid on Indian vessel January 1, 2009

    Kuala Lumpur: Swift intervention by a Malaysian naval helicopter saved an Indian vessel from a hijack bid by armed pirates dressed in military attire in the Gulf of Aden region, off Somalia. "Heavily armed pirates on two speed boats opened fire on the Indian tanker heading towards Suez Canal early this...
  • Indian Navy at sea over how to deal with nabbed pirates December 15, 2008

    New Delhi: With no instructions from the Indian government, Navy warship INS Mysore is at sea over what to do with the 23 pirates and their dhow apprehended by it in the Gulf of Aden while repulsing an attack by the brigands on an Ethiopian merchant vessel. "Since Saturday afternoon, the...
  • Ship hijacked near Gulf of Aden, 25 Indians onboard November 28, 2008

    Mumbai: A Liberian ship, with a crew of 31 including 25 Indians, was hijacked off the Gulf of Aden Friday morning, officials said here. The officials of the Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) said the ship's managers, M/s Ishima Private Ltd, Singapore, informed them Friday of the incident. The ship, M T...
  • Piracy threat, shipping companies bypass Suez Canal November 26, 2008

    Islamia: A treasure chest for a modern day pirate, ships and tankers ready for the catch. The Suez Canal has been the route of choice for tens of thousands of vessels every year floating through the waters and past the sands of Egypt. Ships have used the canal as the...
  • Maritime body says INS Tabar sunk Thai boat November 26, 2008

    New Delhi: The International Maritime Bureau has claimed that the suspected pirate vessel sunk by the Indian Navy on November 18 in the Gulf of Aden was a Thai fishing trawler. It said that INS Tabar actually sunk a Thai trawler mistaking it for a pirate ship while on a patrol...
  • Indian Navy questioned on Somali pirate ship sinking November 25, 2008

    New Delhi: The sinking by the Indian Navy of a Somali pirate "mother ship" in the international waters off the Gulf of Aden took a curious turn on Tuesday with a Thai company claiming the vessel that went down was a trawler it owned. The Indian Navy, however, stuck to its...
  • Somali pirates strike ship from Yemen November 25, 2008

    Nirobi: A Yemeni freighter has become the latest commercial vessel to be attacked in the pirateplagued Gulf of Aden, a Kenyan maritime official said on Tuesday. A French frigate shadows a commercial ship leaving Djibouti harbor on its way to the Gulf of Aden. The last contact with the ship was...
  • Navy releases still pictures of pirate ship it sunk November 25, 2008

    New Delhi: The Indian Navy has released still pictures of the pirate ship it sunk on November 18 in the Gulf of Aden. The Navy says the ship was heavily laden with explosives and ammunition and the photos show the pirate ship exploding after it was fired at by INS Tabar. INS...
  • Kenya urges shipowners not to pay ransom to pirates November 22, 2008

    Nairobi: Amidst the financial meltdown the world over, there is one group of people who are not complaining. Somali pirates have collected nearly $150 mn in ransoms over the past one year according to Kenyan officials. About 120 attacks have been carried out and more than 35 ships seized with 600...
  • Indian Navy to send more warship in Somali waters November 20, 2008

    New Delhi: The Indian Navy could send more warships to counter Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden. Somalia has permitted India to enter its territorial waters as part of its efforts to check piracy even as pirates struck another blow hijacking MV Delight, a HongKong registered cargo ship bound...
  • India gets the right of hot pursuit in Somali waters November 20, 2008

    New Delhi: Indian Navy could send more warships to counter Somalian pirates in the Gulf of Aden even as Somalia has permitted India to enter its territorial waters as part of an effort to check piracy. Besides India, navies of US and France have also been permitted hot pursuit in Somalian...