Zim ship escapes pirate seizure attempt (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Aviel Magnezi Published: 01.02.11, 12:09)
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Israeli cargo vessel caught in pirate trap in Indian Ocean. After
speeding up, it manages to sail away
For the second time this year, pirates try to hijack a cargo ship
belonging to the Israeli Zim shipping firm. The ship managed to
escape from pirates´ attempt to seize the vessel during a voyage on
the Indian Ocean on Sunday morning.
The ship was transporting containers with electronics and
construction materials. The vessel was making its way back to Israel.
Crew members aboard the ship reported the pirates clung to the
Israeli ship, in an attempt to take it over. For over two hours they
tried to get close to the ship, but eventually the Israeli vessel
managed to sail away after increasing its speed.
Zim officials have confirmed the matter. Transport Ministry Spokesman
Avner Ovadia told Ynet, "It´s an area swarming with pirates, who
often covet the cargo, taking over the ships and releasing them after
receiving ransom or after they looted the cargo."
In March 2010, Somalia pirates attempted to seize the Zim ship Africa
Star in the same area. Israeli security guards aboard the Africa Star
fended off two boats of Somali pirates 550 kilometers off the coast
on its route from Mombasa, Kenya, to Djibouti.
The Zim Asia was involved in an accident over five years ago, killing
seven Japanese fishermen. The ship´s second officer in command was
found guilty of negligence and sentenced to community service.
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