The Indian Navy is carefully monitoring a growing hijack scenario of a ship which seems to now be heading to the shoreline of Somalia. The Indian warship responded to a misery name from the cargo service MV Ruen, a Maltese vessel within the Arabian Sea.
An Indian Naval Maritime Patrol Plane and warship on Anti Piracy patrol has been instantly diverted.
“The vessel, with 18 crew onboard, had despatched a Mayday message on UKMTO portal, PM 14 Dec 23, indicating boarding by approx six unknown personnel. Responding swiftly to the growing scenario, Indian Navy diverted its Naval Maritime Patrol plane enterprise surveillance within the space and its warship on Anti Piracy patrol within the Gulf Aden to find & help MV Ruen,” Indian Navy stated in an announcement.
A Navy warship has intercepted the hijacked vessel and is carefully monitoring its motion.
“The Indian Navy stays dedicated to being a primary responder within the area and guaranteeing security of service provider delivery, together with worldwide companions and pleasant international international locations,” the assertion stated.
— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) December 16, 2023
The ship, MV Reun, was heading in direction of Somalia when it was attacked on Thursday. UK’s Marine Commerce Operations stated that the crew has misplaced management of the vessel.
The seize of the vessel seems to be the primary main assault by Somali pirates since 2017, following counter-piracy efforts by a number of international locations stopped such seizures within the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean.
The UK Marine physique has suggested ships to stay on alert whereas travelling within the Arabian Sea close to Somalia as a piracy motion group is lively within the space.
“Vessels are suggested to transit with warning and report any suspicious exercise,” the warning stated.
In Somalia’s breakaway Puntland area, a member of a bunch that helped organise raids on ships previously advised Reuters he had heard pirates had managed to grab a vessel.
“Six of my pirate mates managed to seize a ship and they’re going to carry it to the coast of the japanese area of Puntland,” Mukhtar Mohamud stated by cellphone from the coastal metropolis of Qandala.