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 its evident tanker was tranziting by most risky route and didnt 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.