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UAE Tanker Hijacked in Indian Ocean July 18, 2011

Posted by Chris Mark in Piracy & Maritime Security.
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Today 9 Somalian pirates hijacked the MV Jubba XX tanker in the Northern Indian Ocean. The fully laden tanker was enroute from UEA to Berbera, Somalia when attacked.  The pirates have captured the ship as well as her 16 crewmen.  As the IMB stated: “In the last six months, Somali pirates attacked more vessels than ever before and they’re taking higher risks,” said IMB Director Pottengal Mukundan. “This June, for the first time, pirates fired on ships in rough seas in the Indian Ocean during the monsoon season. In the past, they would have stayed away in such difficult conditions. Masters should remain vigilant,’’

Pirates are becoming more violent and taking greater risks in their pursuit of targets.

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