Despite Attack, Piracy Against Cruises Is Said to Be Rare

Monday, November 14, 2005
The New York Times has reported that the cruise industry is calling the violent attack on a cruise ship off the coast of Somalia on Nov. 5 an aberration. Pirates on two boats reportedly fired rocket-propelled grenades at the Seabourn Spirit, a luxury liner carrying 151 passengers, as it rounded the Horn of Africa last Saturday on its way from Alexandria, Egypt, to Mombasa in Kenya. With the Spirit about 100 miles off the coast, the pirates struck at dawn, injuring one crew member but no passengers, and failing to board. The International Maritime Bureau recommends that ships stay at least 150 miles away from Somalia's coast. Though Somalia is not a typical port of call for cruises, a number pass by the country each year traveling through the Red Sea from Egypt toward the Seychelles islands in the Indian Ocean. The ship docked in the Seychelles after the attack, then was expected to continue with the rest of its itinerary to Singapore. The International Council of Cruise Lines, said the incident was the first time a cruise ship in the membership was attacked by pirates. Officials said the industry had long had security procedures to protect passengers if attacked. He declined to comment on specific countermeasures. Since March 15, there have been 28 attacks against vessels off the southern and eastern coast of Somalia. After the attack on the Spirit, the National Union of Marine, Aviation and Shipping Transport Officers, based in London, called for more protection for ships sailing by Somalia.
Maritime Reporter July 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Offshore

Bureau Veritas to Class, Certify FPSOs for Saipem

Bureau Veritas has been awarded a contract by Saipem to provide classification and certification services for the two Kaombo FPSOs for service off Angola. The

Kvaerner in Statoil Unmanned Platform Project

Kvaerner say that Statoil has awarded it a concept study related to a standardised, unmanned dry tree wellhead platform for the Oseberg Future Development project.

Scotland Site for World's Biggest Tidal Array

The world’s biggest tidal array is to be built in North Scotland bringing jobs and energy security to the Pentland Firth region, informs a UK Government news release.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Maritime Standards Navigation Pod Propulsion Salvage Ship Repair Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1165 sec (9 req/sec)