Two reports have emerged this week of possible pirate attacks against tankers off the coast of Somalia.
The first incident happened on March 23. An unnamed chemical tanker was sailing at high speed in the Red Sea. The tanker has been approached at 6:30 AM (local time) in position 13° 18′N, 042° 52′E. The suspected pirates were sailing on five skiffs, each had three men aboard.
Upon seeing the suspects, the master of the tanker raised the alarm, activated the fire pumps and the security onboard team took up its positions. They fired a rocket towards the pirates and showed their weapons. The suspects turned back their skiffs aborting the attack.
On March 26, a master of another tanker reported his vessel being chased by suspected pirates. The number of men was undetermined and they were sailing in six skiffs. The accident happened in position 13.16.00 N, 042.57.00 E.
On Thursday, a group of nine Somalis, accused in piracy, have been repatriated to Puntland (Puntland State of Somalia) from the Seychelles. They will serve out the remainder of their sentences in Garowe Prison. The Somalis had been charged with piracy and were sentenced by Seychelles courts in between 7-24 years.
Chief Ali Nur, Puntland Custodian corps., said they will be treated well until they finish their sentences.