A cargo ship of Spain was broken in to two parts after it hit the break water wall off the southwestern coast of France, when its engine stopped function. High winds and waves pushed it in the wall when it was unable to maneuver and the empty cargo ship broken in to two pieces. Crew members numbering 12 were at that time of the incident rescued by two helicopters one by one.
There is small amount of oil pollution is seen and the officials said that pollution condition is under control.
Mean while a cargo ship sank with 12 Indian crew members off the cost of Yemen when it was carrying tyre and automobile parts. It was said that the Yemen authorities happened to know about the tragedy after 10 hours only. Heavy winds and high waves in that area hampered the rescue of the Indian sailors. According to the ship’s owner the ship was sailing from UAE to Al Mukalla port in Yemen. Initial reports say that the vessel sank off the coast of Al Shehar in the Yemen’s southeastern Hadramout province.
According to Greek based owner Dynacom, a 75,000 DWT Liberian flag tanker M/T Kerala which was having a cargo of gas-oil, lost contact with them on 18th January 2014 when it was 7 NM from the Angolan capital Luanda. In a report they said that “It is suspected that pirates have taken control of the vessel,”
Pirates’ attacks are in the increase around the coast of West Africa specially near to Nigeria where ships used to sail with oil products. Pirates used to siphoning oil from the vessel to smaller ships and leave them to be released. Some time they keep the ship crew members to get ransom money form shipping companies.
One of the French landing platform dock Siroco which is part of the EU Naval Force – mission of Operation Atalanta, send out a Alouette III helicopter to locate the hijacked Indian dhow – Shane Hind – near the Gulf of Aden when they heard the distress signal from an Marshall Islands flag oil tanker “Nave Atropos”.
They found a hijacked Indian dhow which was acting as mother ship for the Somali pirates and arrested it. There were 11 crew members who were kept as prisoners by the Somali pirates. Now all the Indian crew is freed and the 5 Somali pirates are arrested by them.
When the attack on the tanker was reported a maritime patrol aircraft of counter-piracy forces and helicopter from Sirco tried to capture the dhow for many hours and in the mean time they saw some people from the dhow throw out many objects from it. Later a team with the assistance of the helicopter boarded pirated dhow which was used to attack on large vessels while this served as mother ship in that area by the captured pirates.
The vessel Marzooqah which was reported as hijacked seems to be false but the container ship of 2,196 DWT was boarded by the Eritrean forces while it was in the Eritrean territorial waters.
The ship crew mistakenly gave out the pirate attack alarm to the authorities in the region.
The container vessel was also sailing towards the the Eritrean coast on Sunday. It was not sailing towards the Gulf of Aden as reported by the media.
Lieutenant Commander Jacqueline Sherriff, spokeswoman for the European Union Naval Force Somalia (EU NAVFOR) said that “We believe the vessel is now in the hands of the Eritrean forces,”
So the families of those crew members onboard the vessel can stay calm as the vessel is not hijacked but seems to be arrested by Eritrean forces and it seems to be little difficult to contact those Eritrean officials to verify of the incident that occurred in the sea.
M/V Marzooqah a ship with Indian, Egyptian and Syrian crew and officers was captured by the Somali pirates in the Red sea area on Saturday. Currently the ship is under the control of the pirates and it is on the way towards Somali waters. The European Union Naval Force is tracking the vessel and it has plan to tackle the ship with its naval assets once they get the necessary information from their maritime patrol aircraft. According to available news a group of armed pirates numbering 7 to 8 boarded the vessel and took control of the vessel. Currently there are about 5 gunmen remaining onboard and there are no news about the demand of the pirates who have catured the vessel. The ship was attacked earlier in the year 2011and survived from them. In the year 2013 there were just seven attacks on the the sailing ships and no ship was captured by the pirates in this region.In the year 2011 there were 176 piracy attacks in this region. It seems till the normalcy retursn to troubled Somalia the pirate attacks are possible at any time in this region.
The New Year celebrations of the year 2014 was on high sprits for those sailors who were sailing in the former pirates infested waters. They enjoyed their day with happiness and joy although they didn’t neglect on look out for money greedy pirates. The international armed forces too were on high alert on this day as the year 2013 did pass with any ship hijacking or crew member capturing. Thanks to those multinational Navy who are on the high alert in the former pirate zone with 24 hour watch out with naval ships, naval crafts and helicopters. These International armed forces with the help guidance had done a perfect job to send off all the sea pirates away from the sea lanes with their tireless work with their sophisticated equipments.
Mean while the Russian Government is complaining against the seizer of the Russian fishing vessel by the West African nation Senegal. According to Senegal officials that the vessel was captured in the Atlantic on January 4 after accusing it of repeatedly fishing in its waters without a proper permit. And they are planning to sue for US$800,000.
It seems that there were 62 Russians and 23 citizens of Guinea Bissau in that vessel. Russian officials said that the Senegal administration is engaging in “piracy”.
As per the available News report, that the Costa Concordia cruise ship will be removed off Tuscany for scrap at the cost of $817 million. There are some Italian ports are bidding for the wreck to scrap it and to sell for metal. Costa Concordia cruise ship did met its fate on 136th Jan.2012, when it was grounded and the accident killed 32 people onboard.
According to the UN report, Pirates off the coast of Somalia and the Horn of Africa have made nearly $339 million to $413 million in ransom money from the ship owners.
In the latest call UN Security Council called on the international community to fight against piracy and armed robbery at sea.
Also it said that the pirates are engaged in to “continue to rely on kidnapping and hostage-taking,”
In its resolution, the Council urged Member States to work in conjunction with relevant international organizations to adopt legislation to facilitate prosecution of suspected pirates, as well as to cooperate on the issue of hostage-taking. This money is poured in to purchase weapons, gain recruits, and continue their operations activities, thereby jeopardizing the safety and security of civilians and restricting the flow of free commerce.
Also the council commended Kenya, Mauritius, Seychelles and Tanzania for their efforts to prosecute suspected pirates in national courts.
Further more they asked their Member States to fight piracy by deploying naval arms, military aircraft and by supporting counter-piracy forces, as well as by seizing and disposing boats, arms and other equipment suspected in piracy.
The Council called on Somali authorities to interdict piracy, and to investigate and bring to justice “those who are using Somali territory to plan, facilitate, or undertake criminal acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea.
Sea Pirate Business Broken.
Sea pirate business is temporarily broken by the international Navy guards and the onboard private security personal that were deployed by the ship owners and they have powers to shoot intruders such as pirates. This kind of actions had laid the pirate’s job less and they are now looking for other ways to make money. Or they may wait till the Navy ships and the private security personal to be reduced in their operating areas.
International maritime agencies reports says that there were just four cases of attack by bthe Somali pirates within the first six months of this year where 45 cases were reported in the first 6 months of period last year. Two ships were attacked and captured by the Somali pirates but the quick action by the international navies had made them recapture those ships from the hand of the pirates before they reach the shores off Somalia.
According to the IMB said Somali pirates were still holding 57 crew members from four vessels for ransom money. Mean while they are also holding 11 kidnapped crew members in unknown conditions and locations. Four of the crew members have been held since April 2010, and seven since September 2010 according to their reports.
Ship workers are still advised to be on alert when sailing through such pirates infected areas.
Dry Dock Jobs.
Graving dock or floating dock there are hundreds of jobs are available for the merchant marine officers and crew members if they have enough experience and certificates. There are many recruiting companies looking for people to fill suitable vacancies in the dry docks. Most of the seaman and engineers will find team work jobs that they had done in the merchant ship.
Many dry docks that are operating in Singapore and Gulf states are in need of suitable experienced people to fill suitable posts in their companies. Good salary, Bonus, travelling allowance food and lodging are paid for suitable candidates. Most of the jobs are similar to the ones in the merchant ship other than some particular jobs that are special in dry docks.
Safety and fire fighting are very important in these kinds of profession where all the seamen and marine officers had good experience through their sea life.
Also people can learn and get certification to do some other good paying jobs like heavy weight crane operators and so on. Metal workers including gas welders, electric welders and under water welders have good opportunities in this sector of service providers to the ships.
Many people, had joined as helping hand in this trade and had learn many other trades here and then leave those jobs and get proper industry certification and had joined in suitable posts and are making good salaries in these dry docks.
Merchant Ship Jobs and Safety.
Piracy at high seas are more dangerous than the other hazards that the seaman are facing on their daily routine life. Recently
Kuala Lumpur High Court sentenced seven of the Somali pirates 8 – 10 years imprisonment when they pleaded guilty to firing at Malaysian troops who were stationed on board a tanker M/T BungaLaurel in the sea about 600 kilometres off Muscat in the Gulf of Aden in 2011 when it was was carrying lubricating oil and ethylene dichloride en route to Singapore.
The pirates were captured by the Royal Malaysian Navy when they stromed the ship few hours later the pirates took control of the tanker ship.
Mean while nearly 100 seaman are suffering in the hands of the Somali pirates when they were captured along with their ships. Many companies had abondned their ships and the crew members. Now the crew member’s families are begging the authorities and the agents for the release of their loved ones from the captivity.