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1  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / German freighter Ems River pirated in the Indian Ocean on: December 28, 2010, 01:40:00 pm
EU NAVFOR Public Affairs Office: In the early hours of 27 December, the MV EMS RIVER was pirated approximately 175 nautical miles North East of the port of Salalah, Oman. The 5,200 tonne general cargo ship, which is Antigua/Barbuda flagged and German owned, was on her way to San Nicolas, Greece from Jebel Ali in the UAE at the time of the attack. She has a crew of 8 (1 Romanian, 7 Philipinos) and is carrying a cargo of Petroleum. The pirated vessel MV MOTIVATOR was in the vicinity of EMS RIVER throughout the attack which further enforces the current pirate modus operandi of the use of motherships. Comment: NATO reports vessel was highjacked Dec 28 1303 UTC in 17 57N 057 43E. Ems River IMO 9551662, dwt 5200, built 2010, flag  Antigua & Barbuda, operator Grona Tankers.
Mikhail Voytenko
Maritime Bulletin http://www.odin.tc
2  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Timber carrier sank in Biscay, crew saved by helicopters on: December 11, 2010, 04:00:16 am
In the afternoon Dec 10 2010 general cargo North Spirit requested immediate assistance 50 miles off Cape Ortegal, Bay of Biscay. Vessel was enroute Sweden – Algier with timber, presumably cargo shifted and vessel dangerously listed. Spain authorities sent three helicopters, all 17 crew evacuated and transported to airport La Coruna, no casualities or injures. Crew 9 Ukranians, 8 Russians. North Spirit, IMO 8502042, dwt7148, built 1989, flag S-Vincent, manager Balthellas Chartering Athens. Vessel has Russian Registry Class, originally had a name Kapitan Goncharov.
Mikhail Voytenko
Maritime Bulletin
http://www.odin.tc/eng
3  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Boxship MSC Panama highjacked far south in Indian ocean on: December 11, 2010, 02:46:30 am
At 1212 UTC Dec 10 2010 in position 0957S 04146E Somali pirates attacked boxship MSC Panama on 2 skiffs, vessel was fired upon with AKs and RPG. Pirates managed to highjack vessel,  crew 23 all Myanmar, vessel was enroute from Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) to Beira (Mozambique), reports EU NAVFOR. MSC Panama - IMO 8902125, dwt 26288, built 1989, flag Liberia, manager Eastwind Shipmanagement Singapore, owner Eurus Berlin New York. Map with highjack pos at http://www.odin.tc/eng/articles/958-Boxship-MSC-Panama-highjacked-far-south-in-Indian-ocean.asp

Mikhail Voytenko
Maritime Bulletin
http://www.odin.tc/eng
4  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Two tankers collided in North sea off Ijmuiden on: November 28, 2010, 04:53:44 am
Around 0200 LT Nov 28 2010 in 52 26 N 003 54 W some 23 nm W off Ijmuiden collided two tankers, LPG Trout and chemical Kardeniz, both vessels proceeding roughly in one direction, Trout 194 deg speed 9.6 knots, Kardeniz 184 deg speed 13.6, Kardeniz struck Trout in engine room area, so it’s a case of collision in overrunning. Trout got a hole 1.4 meters dia, water ingress. Drifting Trout reported collision to Dutch Coast Guard, which directs to the scene safeboat and tug, or several. Kardeniz was permitted to resume voyage. No reports on spill or both vessels’ cargoes. As of 0440 UTC Trout proceeding to Rotterdam at a speed 3.8 knots, Kardeniz was ahed some 3 miles, but signal lost. Trout IMO 9003275, dwt 1520, built 1990, flag Cyprus, operator Chemgas Shipping B.V. Kardeniz IMO 9401300, dwt 6970, built 2008, flag Malta, operator Mardeniz Shipping Management Co. Inc.

Mikhail Voytenko
Maritime Bulletin
http://www.odin.tc/eng

5  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Indian Navy and CG chase Greece bulk carrier which fled Mumbai with all cargo on on: November 27, 2010, 07:20:29 am
Latest news from Indian media and comment with some details which evaded attention of Indian media:

MV Dynamic Striker fled on superiors' orders, says its captain
Ivanychev Sergiy, captain of merchant vessel MV Dynamic Striker which tried to flee without discharging cargo worth Rs40 crore earlier this week, has confessed that they were trying to flee from Indian waters and moving towards Port Fujiriyah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
When asked why they did this despite several warnings issued by the Port Trust, the Coast Guard and the navy, Sergiy said that he was only following the orders of his superiors from the shipping company that owns the ship. A team from the Ukraine consulate general’s office visited the Yellow Gate police station along with its lawyer. They were allowed to meet the arrested accused and they were satisfied with the investigation being carried out.
Deputy commissioner of police, Port Zone, Quaiser Khalid, said, “We will have to check all the communications of the ship to verify if the statements given by the accused are true and on what grounds they were told to leave Indian waters. The communication between the complainant and the ship crew will also be checked to know why they took this step.”
The other three arrested — the vessel’s radio officer, deck officer and chief engineer — were arrested as they did not try to stop the captain despite knowing that several alerts and signals were sent by maritime and security agencies. The Dornier aircraft flying above the vessel had also alerted them but they did not stop. Finally, naval vessel INS Agray intercepted them. They did not stop despite warning shots. Agray had to fire above the vessel’s bow to make them stop.
Published: Saturday, Nov 27, 2010
Agency: DNA

Owner asked us to flee: ship captain
The captain of the merchant vessel MV Dynamic Striker, which had tried to flee with cargo worth Rs 40 crores on Monday from outer anchorage of Mumbai, told the Yellow Gate police that he was following the instructions of the owner of the ship. The captain, Ivanychev Sergiy, and three crewmembers, who are said to be radio officers of the vessel and communication and navigation assistants, were arrested on Thursday and remanded to police custody for seven days.
Sergiy has confessed to the police that he was instructed to leave the city. “Being captain of the ship, Sergiy was in charge and the sole decision maker. His confession that he had fled was enough for us to arrest him,” said Chandrakant Naik, senior inspector, Yellow Gate police station.
When asked whether the owner of the vessel would be summoned for questioning, Naik said: “We will call them for questioning, but since they are foreigners it will take time.”
The arrested persons have been booked for criminal breach of trust, deterring public servant from discharging his duties, act endangering life or personal safety of others and several other sections of the Indian Penal Code. “We will now record the statements of the other three crew members and ascertain their role,” said Naik.
Meanwhile the police, in its remand application filed before the court to take the custody of the accused, said they wanted to verify the documents pertaining to the ship and the accused. The police want to check whether the ship had violated any rules while entering the Indian waters.
Hindustan Times
Mumbai, November 27, 2010

Comment:
Source I can’t name said there are unconfirmed rumours, that London Court ruled not to offload cargo as cargo owner, company Ispat industries, failed it’s obligations under the contract. Vessel stayed in Mumbai from Oct 28, and ran out of food and fresh water. Director or management of Ispat industries is tightly connected with authorities, or Ispat industries is partially state-owned, but all in all, shipowner and vessel’s crew were under pressure to offload cargo before payments were made. India is as well-known for, to put it mildly, discrepancies between laws and their fulfilment, as Russia or African states. To name things as they are, India is as corrupted as Russia. Let me remind or let it be known for those who doesn’t know, that almost two years ago under the same circumstances Russian Border Guard sank HK-flagged general cargo New Star, half of the crew perished in icy winter Japan sea waters. The cargo owner had a dispute with shipowner, and though Court (Russian by the way court) ruled in favour of shipowner, cargo owner used his connections with Russian Border Guard, and the whole story turned from a commercial dispute to tragedy.
Voytenko Mikhail
Nov 27 2010
6  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Indian Navy and CG chase Greece bulk carrier which fled Mumbai with all cargo on on: November 23, 2010, 02:57:32 am
The coast guard has launched a chase on the high seas for a merchant vessel, which reportedly left the Mumbai port without discharging cargo worth $1.7 million (Rs7.7 crore).  The vessel Dynamic Strike had come to the Mumbai port from Croatia on October 28. It is a Panama flagged vessel and had been anchored at the Mumbai port since then.
Deputy commissioner of police, port zone, Quaiser Khalid said, “The vessel was carrying cargo coal needed by heavy industries and it was to be discharged at the port for Ispat industries. On Monday evening, around 4.15pm, the vessel left the Mumbai port without informing the consignee or the port authority officials. Also the cargo was not discharged so officials from Ispat have approached the Marine police to take action against the vessel crew and its agents.” A case was registered on Monday late evening under the various sections of shipping laws, cheating and breach of trust. Marine police officials have summoned the local agents of the vessel who will be questioned by the police team at Yellow Gate police station.
Meanwhile, port trust official alerted the coast guard, western region, and a search was launched. High speed interceptor craft, high speed patrol vessels and also aircraft was sent in search of the vessel, which is said to have sailed towards Gujarat and it is feared that it may try to cross the Indian territorial waters. If it succeeds, India won’t be able to take any action against it in international waters.
Published: Tuesday, Nov 23, 2010, 1:46 IST
By Divyesh Singh | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA   
Dynamic Striker IMO 9493652, dwt 57000, built 2010, flag Bahamas, operator Enterprises Shipping & Trading S.A. Athens.

Comment:
Knowing general situation in India ports we may not be much surprised at this flee – vessel arrived Mumbai Oct 28 and stayed there ever since, without discharging. Either there was some dispute, or maybe cargo owner preferred delay, or something else – but vessel just can’t ran away without some sound reasons. Indian media didn’t try to dig in deeper and find out what was the reason, but there definitely was. I personally, wish bulk carrier and her crew good luck and succesful escape.
Mikhail Voytenko
Maritime Bulletin
http://www.odin.tc/eng
7  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Who sank Norwegian trawler and why Norway dropped another suspect? on: November 21, 2010, 07:32:48 am
Owner of Russian m/v Vladimir Timofeyev gave to Maritime Bulletin detalied description of what happened in the evening hours of Nov 18 near Norwegian waters in Barents sea, both in written form and on the phone. Facts they are stating leave no doubt, that m/v Vladimir Timofeyev has nothing to do with collision and subsequent sinking of Norwegian fishing vessel Fløgrunn. Main facts are as follows:

- there was another vessel in the area where incident took place;
- positions of that vessel, of f/v Fløgrunn and of m/v Vladimir Timofeyev indicate involvement in collision of that vessel, not of m/v Vladimir Timofeyev: f/v Fløgrunn  sank in 71 04 N 030 06 E; m/v Vladimir Timofeyev was at that time in 71 10 9 N; 029 52 15 E, vessel in question was 6-8 nm ahed of m/v Vladimir Timofeyev;
- m/v Vladimir Timofeyev changed course and headed for sinking f/v Fløgrunn to assist, obeying request from MRCC Bodo, that is why scheme of m/v Vladimir Timofeyev movements is so complicated;
- vessel in question didn’t change course and proceeded as scheduled, to destination port Murmansk, Russia;
- m/v Vladimir Timofeyev disobeyed Norwegian Coast Guard request to proceed to Norway waters for investigation, Coast Guard vessel Farm closed m/v Vladimir Timofeyev and tried to embark investigation team, but Master of m/v Vladimir Timofeyev disobeyed that request too, and took vessel to Russian waters, reason for his disobey is explicable – a year ago under similar circumstances Norway authorities detained m/v Mekhanik Tyulenev and accused him of collision with Norwegian trawler, after two weeks investigation, charge against vessel were dropped and vessel was released, no excuses given, not to mention any compensation for losses suffered by owner, same Northern Steamship Company;
- on arrival to Russian waters, vessel was visually inspected by Russian Coast Guard, later on arrival to Arkhangel road, vessel was inspected by Russian authorities;
- vessel in question is Chinese bulk carrier Yutai Ambitions, IMO 9326160, dwt 77283, built 2008, flag Honk Kong, owner and operator Taiship Co. Ltd Hong Kong;
- m/v Yutai Ambitions wasn’t ever mentioned by Norwegian authorities in official statements to Norway media, m/v Yutai Ambitions wasn’t requested to proceed to Norwegian waters for investigation, though under circumstances this vessel was at least as much suspect as Russian vessel;
- pictures were taken after m/v Yutai Ambitions arrived to Murmansk and was berthed, there are clear signs of some kind of bruising on bow, and fresh paint on portside, bow section;
- Russian side, Northern Steamship Co., is ready to provide all necessary fact and documents, and due to nature of those documents, most of which are electronic data, we may exclude any tampering or forge attempts;
-  there are no indications from Norway side they consider other version and other suspect, though there is another suspect, whose only reaction was, so far, fresh suspicious painting and as quick start of loading cargo as possible.

Barents sea for a long time is an hidden from the rest of the world zone of Cold War going on between Russia and Norway, on sea ways and fishing grounds, there are many complaints from Russian shipping and fishery on very unfriendly behaviour of Norwegian authorities. Wether this behaviour has sound reasons or not, is not the question in present case, civilized ways of international shipping routine require impartial investigation of incidents, and regretfully, as Russian side sees it, Norway failed to be just.

Mikhail Voytenko
Maritime Bulletin
http://www.odin.tc/eng

Pics below: scheme of m/v Vladimir Timofeyev movements; scheme of m/v Yutai Ambitions movements; pic of m/v Yutai Ambitions taken on Nov 20 in Murmansk Sea Port. Schemes taken from AIS data on marinetraffic.com

http://www.odin.fm/pics/vtimofeyev1.jpg
http://www.odin.fm/pics/yutaiambitions1.jpg
http://www.odin.fm/pics/yutaiambitions.jpg
8  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Russian freighter fled after collision with Norwegian fishing vessel on: November 20, 2010, 04:58:18 am
At 2152 LT Nov 18 2010 Rescue Coordination Center Bodo Norway got an alert message from fishing vessel Fløgrunn requesting assistance after collision with unknown cargo vessel, some 25 miles NE off Finmark, Norway, Barents sea. Rescue boat Gjert Wilhelmsen arrived at the scene and took on board one of 3-crew of Fløgrunn, while two other fishermen tried to control water ingress. Fløgrunn was taken on tow, but as soon as rescue boat started to tow Fløgrunn quickly sank, leaving two crew on surface. They were lifted aboard rescue board, all three uninjured.
Norwegian fishermen said they didn’t recognize name or IMO of the vessel they collided with, but noticed vessel’s name was written in Cyrillic. Norway Coast guard recognized involved vessel as general cargo Vladimir Timofeyev, enroute Bristol UK to Arkhangel Russia. Coast guard requested Vladimir Timofeyev to turn back or to stop, but vessel didn’t return VHF calls and reached Russian waters.
Russian media reports Vladimir Timofeyev Master said on the phone they didn’t notice any collision. Statement rather hard to believe if we look at AIS scheme of vessel’s movements timing 2100 – 24000 Nov 18. If there are no other facts and explanations, it’s a clear case of hit&run.
Fløgrunn - SF 62 V, 43 GT, length 20 meters, built 1970.
Vladimir Timofeyev IMO 7310636, dwt 13955, built 1973, flag Russia, owner Northern Steamship Co., Arkhangel.
Scheme of Timoveyev movements and a pic at http://www.odin.tc/eng/articles/877-Russian-freighter-fled-after-collision-with-Norwegian-fishing-vessel.asp

Mikhail Voytenko
Maritime Bulletin
http://www.odin.tc/eng

Update Nov 21

Who sank Norwegian trawler and why Norway dropped another suspect?
Owner of Russian m/v Vladimir Timofeyev gave to Maritime Bulletin detalied description of what happened in the evening hours of Nov 18 near Norwegian waters in Barents sea, both in written form and on the phone. Facts they are stating leave no doubt, that m/v Vladimir Timofeyev has nothing to do with collision and subsequent sinking of Norwegian fishing vessel Fløgrunn. Main facts are as follows:

- there was another vessel in the area where incident took place;
- positions of that vessel, of f/v Fløgrunn and of m/v Vladimir Timofeyev indicate involvement in collision of that vessel, not of m/v Vladimir Timofeyev: f/v Fløgrunn  sank in 71 04 N 030 06 E; m/v Vladimir Timofeyev was at that time in 71 10 9 N; 029 52 15 E, vessel in question was 6-8 nm ahed of m/v Vladimir Timofeyev;
- m/v Vladimir Timofeyev changed course and headed for sinking f/v Fløgrunn to assist, obeying request from MRCC Bodo, that is why scheme of m/v Vladimir Timofeyev movements is so complicated;
- vessel in question didn’t change course and proceeded as scheduled, to destination port Murmansk, Russia;
- m/v Vladimir Timofeyev disobeyed Norwegian Coast Guard request to proceed to Norway waters for investigation, Coast Guard vessel Farm closed m/v Vladimir Timofeyev and tried to embark investigation team, but Master of m/v Vladimir Timofeyev disobeyed that request too, and took vessel to Russian waters, reason for his disobey is explicable – a year ago under similar circumstances Norway authorities detained m/v Mekhanik Tyulenev and accused him of collision with Norwegian trawler, after two weeks investigation, charge against vessel were dropped and vessel was released, no excuses given, not to mention any compensation for losses suffered by owner, same Northern Steamship Company;
- on arrival to Russian waters, vessel was visually inspected by Russian Coast Guard, later on arrival to Arkhangel road, vessel was inspected by Russian authorities;
- vessel in question is Chinese bulk carrier Yutai Ambitions, IMO 9326160, dwt 77283, built 2008, flag Honk Kong, owner and operator Taiship Co. Ltd Hong Kong;
- m/v Yutai Ambitions wasn’t ever mentioned by Norwegian authorities in official statements to Norway media, m/v Yutai Ambitions wasn’t requested to proceed to Norwegian waters for investigation, though under circumstances this vessel was at least as much suspect as Russian vessel;
- pictures were taken after m/v Yutai Ambitions arrived to Murmansk and was berthed, there are clear signs of some kind of bruising on bow, and fresh paint on portside, bow section;
- Russian side, Northern Steamship Co., is ready to provide all necessary fact and documents, and due to nature of those documents, most of which are electronic data, we may exclude any tampering or forge attempts;
-  there are no indications from Norway side they consider other version and other suspect, though there is another suspect, whose only reaction was, so far, fresh suspicious painting and as quick start of loading cargo as possible.

Barents sea for a long time is an hidden from the rest of the world zone of Cold War going on between Russia and Norway, on sea ways and fishing grounds, there are many complaints from Russian shipping and fishery on very unfriendly behaviour of Norwegian authorities. Wether this behaviour has sound reasons or not, is not the question in present case, civilized ways of international shipping routine require impartial investigation of incidents, and regretfully, as Russian side sees it, Norway failed to be just.

Mikhail Voytenko
Maritime Bulletin
http://www.odin.tc/eng

Pics below: scheme of m/v Vladimir Timofeyev movements; scheme of m/v Yutai Ambitions movements; pic of m/v Yutai Ambitions taken on Nov 20 in Murmansk Sea Port. Schemes taken from AIS data on marinetraffic.com

http://www.odin.fm/pics/vtimofeyev1.jpg
http://www.odin.fm/pics/yutaiambitions1.jpg
http://www.odin.fm/pics/yutaiambitions.jpg

9  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Crew saved thanks to citadel, UKMTO and Indian Navy on: November 13, 2010, 01:12:45 am
Crew saved thanks to citadel, UKMTO and Indian Navy
and nearly lost thanks to owner’s greed

Mumbai, Nov 12 (IANS) Indian Navy ships INS Veer and INS Delhi and marine commandos have foiled a piracy attempt on a merchant vessel in the Arabian Sea, an official said Friday. "At about 6 a.m. Nov 11, about 450 nautical miles west of Mumbai, merchant ship MV BBC Orinoco with a crew of 14 (five Ukrainian and nine Filipinos) reported being attacked by pirates," a defence spokesperson said. "The crew locked themselves in the ship's engine room and the steering compartment and communicated with their agents, UK MTO Dubai via email," he added. Dubai, then, intimated the Indian Navy for assistance.
"On receipt of this information, the Indian Navy promptly detached one of its missile corvettes, INS Veer, to intercept the distressed vessel and also sailed a capital ship, INS Delhi with a team of Marine Commandos (MARCOS) embarked," the spokesperson said. One of the navy's long range maritime patrol aircraft was also deployed for aerial surveillance. The Indian Coast Guard, too, also responded.
The naval forces, which arrived at the scene at daybreak, instantly took steps to rescue the crew.
"MARCOS slithered onto the merchant ship from a Sea King helicopter and took the crew, who were locked in compartments, to safety, while the helicopter provided airborne fire support," the spokesperson said.

Reference: BBC Orinoco IMO 9366110, dwt 17110, built 2008, flag Antigua, operator Reedereigruppe Freese. Vessel sailed from Aquaba Jordan Nov 3 dest Singapore. Vessel resumed voyage. Crew as on Oct 21 2010 (ITF): 14 - Nationalities: Filipino(6), Russian(1), Sri Lankan(1), Ukranian(6).

Comment: Again Citadel saved crew and vessel, again sheer luck, but we know, that pirates already take with them C4 explosives and sooner or later, they’ll manage not too complicated skill of blowing up citadels. We see again, how owners’ greed put vessel in a grave danger. There wasn’t armed guard on board, vessel sailed shortest and most risky route. Crews aren’t obliged to experience pirates attacks and fire, hiding in citadels and praying they will survive. Owners now have means to safeguard vessels – either by guaranteed safe routes, or by hiring armed guards. They can do it, ergo – they must do it.

Mikhail Voytenko
Maritime Bulletin
http://www.odin.tc/eng
10  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Tanker Hannibal II pirated in Arabian sea – thanks to owner on: November 12, 2010, 02:11:21 am
MV HANNIBAL II pirated in the Somali Basin
Early this morning, the MV HANNIBAL II, a Panamanian-flagged vessel, was pirated whilst on route from Malaysia to Suez. The 24,105 tonne chemical tanker was carrying vegetable oils from Pasir Gudang to Suez at the time.  The master of the vessel reported that he had been attacked and boarded by pirates in an area some 860 nautical miles East of The Horn of Africa which is considerably closer to India than it is to Somalia.   
The MV HANNIBAL II has a total of 31 crew on board.  This number consists of 23 Tunisians, 4 Filipinos, 1 Croatian, 1 Georgian, 1 Russian and 1 Moroccan.
November 11, 2010, EU NAVFOR Public Affairs Office

Hannibal II IMO 8011756, dwt 23404, built 1983, flag Panama, owner Gabes Marine Tankers Tunis Tunisia.

Comment: Vessel was pirated either in 17.13N 65.30E or in 11.26N 66.05E, in both cases it’s evident tanker was tranziting by most risky route and didn’t have armed guards on board. There are Best Practices to deter Piracy, joint brainchild of Navies, IMO, BIMCO and many others, and there are real-life Best Practices. Real-life Best Practices are very simple – either safest route, or armed guards on board. Instead of safest, Hannibal II owners prefer shortest way, and direct vessel to most dangerous waters with many PAGs hunting around. Now they will have plenty of time to re-think ways of economizing.

Mikhail Voytenko
Maritime Bulletin
http://www.odin.tc/eng
11  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Bulk carrier disappeared in Philippines sea with 25 crew on: November 11, 2010, 02:19:42 am
Bulk carrier NASCO Diamond disappeared in Philippines sea, search started, all vessels warned to look for any traces. Last known position 21-05N 123-50E, last AIS signal dated Oct 15 2010, last port of call Lianyungang, bulker left port on Oct 10. Crew 25, all Chinese. NASCO Diamond IMO 9467861, dwt 57000, built 2009, flag Panama, owner Nanjing Ocean Shipping Co. Ltd. Pic and map at http://www.odin.tc/eng/articles/857-Bulk-carrier-disappeared-in-Philippines-sea-with-25-crew.asp
Pic at shipspotting not correct
Mikhail Voytenko
Maritime Bulletin
http://www.odin.tc/eng
12  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Statistics of pirated vessels and crews on: November 04, 2010, 08:45:22 am
I think, there must be exact definitions for vessels recognized as pirated, because if we start to count each highjacked floating object we won’t get a real, clear picture of piracy threat and situation, we won’t be able to analyze situation. Actually only one criteria I suppose, is enough for including pirated vessel in statistics – wether vessel has IMO or not. There must be recognition of pirated vessel from shipowner and state. My statistics give 20 highjacked vessels, and even among them all fishining vessels don’t have IMO No, under suspicion of poaching, but they’re at least recognized as pirated by their states. I didn’t include in statistics any pirated dhow, two recenlty maybe-pirated-maybe-not maybe Taiwanese fishing vessels, and recently pirated local vessel of unknown type Aly Zoulfecar, presumably Comorros-flagged.
Judging from my statistics, there are 20 pirated vessels presently held by pirates, manned by 433 people, among them British pair pirated with their yacht more than year ago.

Crews by nationality:
Philippines 19+3+19+18+20+14+16=109
Thailand 77
Kenya 7+39=46
India 11+19+15=45
China 2+9+19+2=32
Georgia 15
Indonesia 11
Tanzania 10
ROK 5+2=7
Greece 1+2+3=6
Pakistan 5
Montenegro 4
Ukraine 1+1+2=4
Turkey 3
Bangladesh 2
Mozambique 2
UK 2
Germany 1
Romania 1
Taiwan 1
m/v Suez Crew 23: Egypt, Pakistan, Shri Lanka, India.
m/v Iceberg I. Crew 24: Yemen, India, Ghana, Sudan, Pakistan, Philippines.
Total 433 seamen, fishermen and yachtsmen.

Vessels’ nationality:
Germany 1
Greece 5
Egypt 1
Indonesia 1
Japan 1
ROK 2
Saudi Arabia 1
Thailand 3
Taiwan 2
UAE 3

Type of vessels:
Fishing vessels – 6
Tankers – 9
General cargo – 3
Ro-ro – 1
Bulk carrier -1

Pirated vessels by date:
http://www.odin.tc/eng/articles/834-Statistics-of-pirated-vessels-and-crews.asp
13  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / In what world do we live? on: October 31, 2010, 04:58:01 am
Ecoterra Intl published update on situation in Somali basin and recent developments. This update cleared two riddles. In Notices to Mariners dated Oct 28 we found, that pirates highjacked three vessels on October 28:
GULF OF ADEN
VESSEL REPORTED HIJACKED. LAST KNOWN POSITION
12-08N 054-25E AT 281156Z OCT.   
SEYCHELLES
TWO F/V HIJACKED VICINITY DENIS ISLAND (03-48S 055-40E)
AT 282011Z OCT.
Now Ecoterra Intl explains, that highjack in GoA was dhow related:

A motorized Dhow was seized on October 28, 2010 at 11h56 UTC (14h56 local time) in position 12:08N – 054:25E off Socotra Island, Somalia, according to the IMB Piracy reporting centre. Once a British protectorate, along with the remainder of the Mahra State of Qishn and Socotra and being a strategic important point, the four islands making the Archipelago of Socotra  were accorded by the UN in 1967 to Yemen, though they are very close to the mainland of the tip of north-eastern Somalia. Several of the female lineages of the inhabitants on the island, notably those in mtDNA haplogroup N, are reportedly found nowhere else on earth. The Dhow with presently unknown flag and about 10 crew is heading now towards the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor of the Gulf of Aden (IRTC) and is likely to be used as pirate-base and decoy to capture a larger vessel. Further reports are awaited.

As for fishing vessels mystery, answer is expected one:

Persistent local reports from the Seychelles, which are however not yet officially confirmed, speak of the capture of two Taiwanese fishing vessels, who are said to operate in connection with the Seychelles as point of transshipment for mainly tuna caught in the Indian Ocean. It seems that the owners as well as the authorities of Taiwan increasingly keep such cases out of the information stream in order to avoid that their illegal fishing activities in the Indian Ocean are disclosed and cover up in total negligence of the seafarers plight.

Ecoterra Intl claimed there’re 519 hostages in Somali – if Ecoterra Intl means most of them are sailors, Ecoterra Intl is wrong. I had kind of dispute with Ecoterra Intl before, but haven’t changed my mind – highjacking statistics must be classified and separate international shipping from local. We don’t know why, how and where were highjacked most of the dhows whom Ecoterra Intl stubbornly tries to include in statistics. Those dhows are not international shipping, why they’re plying very dangerous waters, is a mystery. Ecoterra Intl recongnizes some of dhows as highly suspicious, I think that some of them willingly turn into mother ships. To understand what is going on, we must make a picture. But this picture must be a clear one, not blurred by unknown numbers of dubious dhows under dubious flags dubiously owned and manned. Including dhows in statistics makes it possible to manipulate statistics for this or that benefit. Not only dhows, there must be distinction between failed highjacks and succesfull ones. If pirates boarded vessel, but couldn’t catch crew and had to leave, we can’t count those cases equal to complete ones. International community, maritime organizations and navy already manipulate statistics, and Ecoterra Intl already blamed them with that. But now Ecoterra Intl is taking same road though in different direction – international big ones pursue their purposes, Ecoterra Intl and some other organizations and persosns their, but shipping is left as something third nobody seem to care about.
I maintain my own statistics of highjacks, though in Russian only, but next one I’ll make also in English.

Ecoterra Intl gives details on tanker Polar highjack, pirates used VLCC Samho Dearm as a mother ship, this fact in itself is an utter disgrace to international community, UN and all without even one exception international maritime organizations. What world do we live in, people? Countries can’t agree with each other even on such a small-scale problem, as Somali piracy. International organizations feast on piracy as vultures, and things which worry them are not piracy and fate of seamen, but their own political power and independence of many shipping companies, preferring self-defence to signing pathetic petitions and scaring off pirates with Best Practices like monk scaring off devil with Cross and Holy Bible.
Citadel is more dangerous than ever, with each new case of lucky escape. The only way to safe the passage is armed guards on board, either military or mercenary. Maritime organizations betrayed shipping and seamen and demonstrated just stunning cynicism and hypocrisy. Am I right saying that, or am I crazy? If I’m crazy, why many people agree with me, not with what media is publishing? Look at media, including maritime media. They’re full of correctness and politeness, they’re above critics or basic analyze, they’re just watchers stating the facts. Ok – you tell facts, we draw out conclusions. But why then, you’re feedeing us with some analyze after all, but alas, only one-sided, from organizations I mentioned? Why there are NO other opinions except politically correct and highly approved? Tell you what – North Korean media is one hell of a freedom of speech, in comparison with international maritime media.
I smoke, curse and sometimes drink, I prefer calling things what they’re – if I see something mewing like cat, scratching like cat and looking like cat, I call it cat and don’t give a damn for all the political correctness in the world. I long for good old times, when we call things what they were. When what the hell, I could smoke anywhere, not being considered something very near criminal. How long are we going to keep on course we didn’t plot and obey to commands from highly suspicious persons (actually many of those persons must be in Most Wanted List long time ago), like our dear politicians or heads of maritime organizations?

Voytenko Mikhail
October 31 2010

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14  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Free-of-charge bunkering method found on: October 27, 2010, 02:26:35 am
On 24 Oct 10 at or about 1620 hrs, a Singapore-registered tugboat, Surya Putra 5 was underway approximately 8 nm east of Selat Berhala, Indonesia (1° 01.4' S, 104° 29.40’ E) when two boats with 11 robbers armed with knives and parangs came alongside. The robbers demanded Marine Gas Oil (MGO) from the crew and threatened them when they expressed reluctance to give in as they may not have enough fuel left to reach their destination Palembang, Indonesia. Later, the robbers prevailed and escaped in their boats taking with them three drums of MGO. The crew was not injured. No personal belonging of the crew was stolen.
ReCAAP
Surya Putra 5 IMO 9376581, dwt 300, built 2005, flag Singapore.
Strange pirates – maybe we witness new method of bunkering?  Grin
Mikhail Voytenko
Maritime Bulletin
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15  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Typhoon Megi sank two freighters in Taiwan Strait on: October 20, 2010, 12:10:35 am
On October 18 2010 typhoon Megi sank two cargo vessels, both general cargo, in Taiwan Strait. Malaysian Dili Star crew all safe, but Taiwanese Xin Yi 18 saved, 4 missing. Xin Yi IMO 8017580 dwt 8041, built 1981, flag Panama, owner Taiwanese company. Dili Star IMO 8920270, dwt 3628, built 1991, flag Malaysia.
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