In the last week of November, the UN Security Council extended the resolution allowing states to use “all necessary means” against Somali pirates.
For an extra twelve months, countries and organisations who are co-operating with the Somalian Transitional Government will be permitted to deploy naval vessels and military aircraft to seize and dispose of boats, vessels, arms and related equipment used for piracy.
According to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), over 438 people and 20 ships are being held by Somalian pirates as of 4th November – an increase of almost 100 kidnapped victims in less than a month.
On 24th November alone, HV Carmencita was attacked by pirates using RPGs and AK-47’s. The master called on NATO warship, HDMS Esbern Snare, to ward off the attackers with a helicopter fly-over. The Royal Danish Navy ship, commanded by Captain Steen Engelbrecht Pedersen, then shadowed the pirate mother ship and later destroyed one of the skiffs being towed with it.
The previous day, another Danish Royal Navy vessel, Amsterdam, sent a boarding party to intercept a suspected pirate skiff which refused to stop. The Danish mariners had to disable the engines before being able to confiscate the “pirate paraphernalia” which was said to have include a pirate ladder used in boarding ships.
For the latest updates on Somali pirates and for the number to call if your ship has been boarded follow this link: http://www.shipping.nato.int/CounterPir