Statistics of pirated and released vessels and crews  2010 2012

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Updated Jul 23 2013

 

Vessels and hostages held by Somalia pirates

Somalia pirates presently hold in their captivity only one ocean-going vessel, Omani fishing vessel Naham 3, hijacked in March last year. The vessel, most probably, is abandoned by the owner, who demonstrated no intention of buying her out.
There may be some dhows in pirates captivity, too, but they should be counted different from ocean-going vessels, because there is no reliable data on them, and there is no reliable intelligence on the relations between Somalia pirates and the regional owners of the dhows. Official offices handle dhow statistics very discretionary, in accordance with the political interests, giving bigger or lesser numbers depending on whats best to suit those interests. Dhows are very helpful in twisting data, because the real situation with regards to dhows cant be checked, confirmed or contradicted.
General trend is the support of the idea of ever-present Somalia piracy threat. Quite a number of parties are interested in the existence of this threat, among them Navies, Lloyd insurers and of course, the UN and the World Bank.

Latest official data on vessels and seafarers held in Somalia pirates captivity:
According to the UK Maritime and Trade Office in Dubai, six vessels are still in pirates hands including dhows, fishing and merchant vessels.
NATO and EU Navfor figures state 43 hostages are being held, excluding survivors from MV Albedo.
The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) indicates 68 hostages and four vessels are currently under pirate control.

Voytenko Mikhail
July 23 13

 

Classification of highjacked vessels

Filed in Table only ocean-going merchant marine vessels, with unique IMO number, with more or less transparent history and known owners and operators, with known number and nationalities of crews.

No local vessels included, almost all of them, with regards to Somali piracy region, are so-called dhow. They are engaged in regional trade, goods may be anything from charcoal to illegal migrants. They dont have IMO number, they arent listed in international reference books, they arent insured with international insurers, their owner may be any petty company or person along the coastlines of India, Pakistan, Persian Gulf, Oman or Red Sea. For world shipping, these vessels, their owners, their masters and their crews, are simply non-existent. Their costs may be thousands of USD, even maybe tens of thousands, but not anywhere close to the costs of international freighters. Their goods may cost thousands or tens of thousands USD, but not anywhere close to costs of cargoes carried by international freighters. To include in statistics local vessels means to mess all up even those whore trying to monitor hijacked local vessels  cant tell exact details of vessels and crews (including number of crews and nationalities), and hijack circumstances, whether vessel was really hijacked or it was prearranged, and vessel stays with pirates on some agreement.

 

Mikhail Voytenko

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Vessels in captivity

No

Name and type

Nationality

Date of hijack

No of crew

Remarks

1

f/v Naham 3

Oman

26.03.12

28

nationalities and fate of the crew unknown

 

Total 1 vessel

 

 

28 ?

 

11 + 15(?) Land hostages:

7 seamen: 7 Indian crew from released tanker Asphalt Venture.

4 fishermen from Thai f/v Prantalay 12.

15 crew from sunk mv Albedo, location unknown. 7 Bangladeshi crew confirmed alive, the fate of the rest unknown. Read full story at http://www.news.odin.tc/index.php?page=view/article/629/Whos-to-save-those-of-mv-Albedo-crew-who-managed-to-survive-captivity-and-disaster

28 crew of the f/v Naham-3, fate unknown - maybe some of them, or most of them, were able to reach Oman, because f/v Naham 3 is the vessel belonging to regional, neighbouring owner.

 

Total  54 (?) (26+28) seamen and fishermen.

 

Crews by nationality:

Bangladesh: 7(Albedo)

India: 7*(Asphalt Venture)

Iran: 1(Albedo)

Sri Lanka 7(Albedo)

Thailand: 4* (f/v Prantalay 12)

 

* seamen and fishermen kept in captivity on land

 

Vessels nationality:

Oman 1

 

Type of vessels:

Fishing vessel - 1

 

List of merchant vessels presently held by Somali pirates

 

f/v Naham 3 was hijacked on 26 March 2012 with 28 crew on board.

Fishing vessel Naham 3, IMO 8650057, 558 gt, built 1998, flag Oman, owner Al Naham, Oman.

 

 

Release statistics 2013

No Name and type, IMO Nationality Crew Dates Ransom ($ million) Remarks (*)
hijacked released
1 Suezmax tanker Smyrni Greece 26 10.5.12 06.3.13 ?  
2 Tanker Royal Grace UAE 22 02.3.12 06.3.13 ?  
3 Boxship Albedo Malaysia 15 26.11.10 08.7.13   anchored vessel sank in rough weather due to the absence of maintenance

 

 

 

Hijack statistics 2012

No

Name and type

IMO, dwt, built

Nationality

Crew

Hijack

Release

Remarks

1

Bulk carrier Free Goddess

9107045, 22051, 1995

Greece

21

08.02.12

 11.10.12

 

2

Ro-ro Leila

7302794, GRT 2292, 1973

UAE

15

17.02.12

 12.04.12

 

3

Tanker Royal Grace

 8410407, 6813, 1984

UAE 

22 

02.03.12 

 

 

4

 Bulk carrier Eglantine

 9193202, 63400, 2000

 Iran

 23

 26.03.12

 02.04.12

freed by Iran Navy

5

 General cargo vessel Xiang Hua Men

 8707331, 20705, 1987

 China

 28

 06.04.12

 06.04.12

freed by Iran Navy

6

 Suezmax tanker Smyrni

 9493779, 156000, 2011

 Greece

26 

 10.05.12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Release statistics 2012

No

Name and type, IMO

Nationality

Crew

Dates

Ransom ($ million)

Remarks (*)

hijacked

released

1

Tanker Olib G. 8026608

Greece

18

08.09.10

08.01.12

3

* Tanker left to rot in Somalia

2

Chem tanker Fairchem Bogey 9423750

Singapore

21

20.08.11

12.01.12

8

*

3

Bulk carrier Eglantine 9193202

Iran

23

26.03.12

02.04.12

ransom not paid

freed by Iran Navy

4

General cargo vessel Xiang Hua Men

8707331

 China

 28

 06.04.12

 06.04.12

ransom not paid

freed by Iran Navy

5

ro-ro Leila

7302794

 UAE

 15

 17.02.12

 12.04.12

0.15

**

6

Tanker Enrico Levoli 9188415

 Italy

 18

 27.12.11

 23.04.12

?

 

7

Tanker Liquid Velvet  9083940

 Greece

 22

 31.10.11

 04.06.12

4

*

8

f/v Shiuh Fu No 1.

 Taiwan

 26

 25.12.10

 18.07.12

3

*

9

Bulk carrier Free Goddess

 Greece

 21

 08.02.12

 11.10.12

2.3 (5.7)

***

10

Bulk carrier Orna

 UAE

 19

 20.12.10

 20.10.12

0.6

*

6 crew remained in captivity, no reason given

11

4 South Korean crew from m/t Gemini

 South Korea

 4

 30.04.11

 01.12.12

?

*****

 

12

ro-ro Iceberg I

UAE

 22(24)

 29.03.10

 23.12.12

 

******

 

Total

21.05

*

 

* - sum of the ransom reported by pirates, no confirmation or otherwise from other sources, actual ransoms are at least 1/3 less than claimed.

 

** - Vessel was trading between Gulf countries and Somali for years without any problem, apparently under protection of some influential and powerful enough businessmen and groups in Somali, until she was hijacked on Feb 17 2012 by desperate pirates, who couldnt but know about the protection, but didnt care any more. Pirates were under considerable pressure from all involved parties, including olders, from the day of the hijack, and finally released the vessel for seemingly very realistic $150,000.

 

*** - bulk carrier Free Goddess ransom said to be either $5.7 or $2.3 million.

 

***** - South Korean officials say Somali pirates have released South Korean seamen from m/t Gemini (including master of the vessel), whom they had held for 19 months, after the payment of a ransom. A South Korean foreign ministry official said on Dec 1 2012 the ministry had assisted in ransom talks between the ship's owner and the pirates, but declined to say how much had been paid for their release. The men are now on board a South Korean navy ship.

The vessels release news:

On Nov 30 2011 pirates released product tanker Gemini against a ransom, with 21 crew, but kept 4 South Korean from originally 25 crew as hostages, including master of the vessel. Pirates said they keep South Korean sailors as hostages, because they are seeking an extra ransom for them from South Korea as a compensation for 13 pirates killed and arrested by South Korean Navy during the storm of hijacked South Korean tanker Samho Jewelry on January 21 2011. Pirates demand for the release of 4 sailors $4 million. As for m/t Gemini ransom, Somalia Report mentions $6 million and $4,05 million sums, both figures given by pirates or close to pirates sourced, so the real sum stays unknown.

Hijack report:

April 30 2011 - Product tanker Gemini hijacked 200 nm SSE off Mombasa Kenya. Vessel was attacked at 0403 UTC April 30 in 07 01S 041 22E, on the way from Kuala Tanjung in Indonesia to Mombasa with 28,000 tons of crude palm oil from Indonesia. Chemical tanker Gemini IMO 8412352, dwt 29870, built 1986, flag Singapore, manager Glory Ship Management Pte Ltd, Singapore. Crew 25 13 Indonesians, 5 Chinese, 4 S Koreans, 3 Myanmar.

 

******ro-ro Iceberg I liberation

Dec 24: Garowe Online reported the ill-fated ro-ro Iceberg I was freed on Dec 23 12 by Puntland forces during the operation, which ended the long stand off between Puntland forces and pirates in Garacad. 22 crew are freed after going through one of the most tragic and longstanding ordeals in Somalia piracy history. Still, there are quite a number of discrepancies in stories told by media. Some say the Puntland forces freed Garacad, one of the most well-known pirates dens, from the pirates, and Iceberg I along with it. Some say the operation was intended to free the vessel. Most importantly, the number of the freed crew differs from the figures which were given earlier. It doesnt sum up. It was generally understood earlier, that two crew members died during the captivity, the master was killed by pirates, and another crew committed suicide by jumping overboard. Now it is said that an engineer was killed, and third officer committed suicide. The original crew was 24, if two died, then 22 stayed alive and were freed on Dec 23?

On Dec 13 12 Puntland media published grim news on the attempt of Puntland forces to either free m/v Iceberg-1, or prevent delivering ammunition for pirates on board, news are confusing at this point. At least three pirates were killed in a gunfire, together with two crew members who were on the bridge.

Now Puntland say that the forces freed 22 crew, meaning that previous reports were wrong. Lets just hope that the ongoing Puntland reports are true, that the crew was freed and that there are 22 people alive, not 20 or less. There are reasons to believe that the public will stay in dark as to what happened on board of the vessel, even the exact number of people who stayed alive may stay unknown. Maybe the IMO, IMB, Round Table and hired by them think-tank Oceans Beyond Piracy will concoct one more Study, based on m/v Iceberg I story, to convince the public in the necessity of extra funds to be given to UN in order to prosecute the pirates.

Latest reports confirmed that 22 crew survived the captivity. The vessel is a total loss, being grounded long time ago.

Ro-ro Iceberg I was pirated on March 29 2010 10 nm off Aden, with 24 crew, including 9 Yemen, 6 India, 4 Ghana, 2 Sudan, 2 Pakistan, 1 Philippine nationalities. Master of the vessel was reportedly executed by pirates in 2011, another crew committed suicide jumping overboard. Vessel was reported to be abandoned by the owner, later grounded and recognized as a total loss. As it seems now, vessel is still afloat with the crew still on board. If all news are true, then, the crew is down to 20 people now. Iceberg I IMO 7429102, dwt 3960, built 1976, flag Panama, owner Azal Shipping & Cargo Dubai.

Voytenko Mikhail

Dec 24

 

 

Comparative Table of Hijacks in years 2010 2011 - 2012

 

 

2010

2011

2012

Month

No

Date

Vessel

No

Date

Vessel

No

Date

Vessel

Jan

1

2

m/v Asian Glory

1

01

m/v Blida

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

17

m/v Eagle

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

19

m/v Hoang Son Sun

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

20

m/v Khaled Muhieddine K

 

 

 

 

 

 

5

22

m/v Beluga Nomination

 

 

 

Feb

1

03

m/v Rim

1

8

m/t Savina Caylyn

1

08

m/v Free Goddess

 

 

 

2

9

VLCC Irene SL

2

17

m/v Leila

 

 

 

3

12

m/v Sinin

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

28

m/v Dover

 

 

 

Mar

1

01

m/t Al Nisr Al Saudi

1

16

m/v Sinar Kudus

02 

m/t Royal Grace 

2

05

m/t UBT Ocean

2

28

m/t Zirku

 

 

 

3

23

m/v Frigia

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

23

m/v Talca

 

 

 

 

 

 

5

29

m/v Iceberg I

 

 

 

 2

 26

 m/v Eglantine *

Apr

1

04

VLCC Samho Dream

1

8

m/v Susan K

 1

 06

 m/v XiangHuaMen *

2

07

m/v Yasin C.

2

21

m/v Rosalia D'Amato

 

 

 

3

11

m/v Rak Africana

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

21

m/v VOC Daisy

 

 

 

 

 

 

May

1

08

m/t Marida Marguerite

 

 

 

 1

 10

 m/t Smyrni 

2

11

m/t Panega

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

12

m/v Eleni P

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jun

1

28

m/t Golden Blessing

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jul

1

04

m/t Motivator

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aug

1

02

m/v Suez

1

20

m/t Fairchem Bogey

 

 

 

Sep

1

08

m/t Oilb G

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

29

m/t Asphalt Venture

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oct

1

10

m/v Izumi

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

23

m/t LPG York

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

30

m/t Polar

1

31

m/t Liquid Velvet

 

 

 

Nov

1

11

m/t Hannibal II

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

12

m/v Yuan Xiang

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

26

m/v Albedo

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dec

1

10

m/v MSC Panama

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

11

m/v Renuar

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

20

m/v Orna

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

25

m/v Thor Nexus

1

27

m/t Enrico Levoli

 

 

 

Total

29

16

4

 * - freed by Iranian commandos notwithstanding risk to the crews, 2 crew Eglantine died, at least 1 crew Xiang Hua Men wounded

 

 

Release statistics 2011

No

Name and type, IMO

Nationality

Crew

Dates

Ransom ($ million)

Remarks (*)

hijacked

released

1

Product tanker Motivator 9340386

Greece

18

04.07.10

16.01.11

 

 

2

General cargo Izumi 9414955

Japan

20

10.10.10

27.02.11

4.5

*

3

General cargo Ems River 9551662

Germany

8

27.12.10

28.02.11

3

*

4

LPG tanker York 9220421

Greece

17

23.10.10

10.03.11

4.5

*

5

General cargo Rak Africana 8200553

UAE

26

11.04.10

09.03.11

2

* Abandoned by the crew after release, fate unknown, presumably sank

6

Bulk carrier Jahan Moni 9102954

Bangladesh

26

05.12.10

14.03.11

4.2

*

7

Chemical tanker Hannibal II 8011756

Tunisia

31

11.11.10

17.03.11

2

*

8

VLCC Irene SL 9285823

Greece

25

08.02.11

08.04.11

13.5 (?!)

*

9

General cargo Thor Nexus 8712491

Thailand

27

25.12.10

11.04.11

4.77

*

10

Heavylift Beluga Nomination 9356402

Germany

8

22.01.11

13.04.11

5

*

11

Asphalt tanker Asphalt Venture 8875798

UAE

15

29.09.10

15.04.11

3.6

* 7 Indian crew still in capture

12

Bulk carrier Renuar 9042221

Greece

24

11.12.10

23.04.11

6.0

*

13

General cargo Sinar Kudus 9172507

Indonesia

20

16.03.11

01.05.11

4.5

*

14

Bulk carrier Khaled Muhieddine K 8105650

Syria

25

20.01.11

26.05.11

2.5

*

15

General cargo Yuan Xiang 7609192

China

29

12.11.10

08.06.11

3.6

*

16

Tanker aframax Zirku 9237802

UAE

29

28.03.11

10.06.11

12.0 (?!)

*

17

General cargo Suez 8218720

Egypt

23

02.08.10

11.06.11

2.1

*

18

General cargo Susan K 9344370

Germany

10

08.04.11

16.06.11

5.7

*

19

Bulk carrier Sinin 9274941

Iran

21

12.02.11

13.08.11

 

 

20

Bulk carrier Eagle 8126408

Greece

24

17.01.11

20.08.11

6.0 (?!)

*

21

Tanker Polar 9299563

Greece

24

30.10.10

26.08.11

 

1 crew died in captivity

22

Boxship MSC Panama 8902125

USA

23

10.12.10

06.09.11

7.0 (?!)

*

23

Bulk carrier Hoang Son Sun 8323862

Vietnam

24

19.01.11

15.09.11

4.5

*

24

Bulk carrier Dover 7433634

Greece

23

28.02.11

30.09.11

3.8

*

25

Bulk carrier Blida 7705635

Algeria

27

01.01.11

03.11.11

2.6

*

26

Bulk carrier Rosalia DAmato 9225201

Italy

21

21.04.11

25.11.11

6

* first pirates voiced 0.6 mil, later said it was 6 mil

27

Product tanker Gemini 8412352

Singapore

25

30.04.11

30.11.11

4

* 4 seamen of ROK nationality still in capture

28

Aframax tanker Savina Caylyn 9489285

Italy

22

08.02.11

21.12.11

11.5 (?!)

*

* - sum of the ransom reported by pirates, no confirmation or otherwise from other sources

Total some $130 million. Favourite figure given by pirates was $4.5 million. Well, it doesnt matter much, because all those millions pirates are bragging about hardly exist, actual ransoms were at least one third less, so my estimation is, pirates got in total something between $80-90 million.

 

Release statistics 2010

No

Name and type

Dates

Ransom ($ million)

IMO No

hijack

release

1

Tanker Marida Marguerite

08.05.10

28.12.10

5.5

9445655

2

Bulk carrier Eleni P

12.02.10

11.12.10

 

9128025

3

Tanker Al Nisr Al Saudi

01.03.10

07.12.10

 

9058696

4

VLCC Samho Dream

04.04.10

06.11.10

9.5

9235737

5

Tanker  Golden Blessing

28.06.10

06.11.10

2.8

9539016

6

Bulk carrier VOC Daisy

21.04.10

16.10.10

 

9154555

7

Tanker  Panega

11.05.10

09.09.10

 

8511586

8

Bulk  carrier Frigia

23.03.10

29.07.10

 

7507485

9

Product  tanker UBT Ocean

05.03.10

20.07.10

 

9408360

10

Car carrier Asian Glory

02.01.10

11.06.10

5.8

9070474

11

Tanker  St. James Park

28.12.09

13.05.10

 

9072836

12

Reefer  Talca

23.03.10

11.05.10

 

8616324

13

Chemical  tanker Theresa VIII

16.11.09

16.03.10

3.5

8105923

14

Tuna fishing vessel Thai Union 3

29.09.09

07.03.10

3 3.5

8919415

15

Bulk  carrier Navios Apollon

28.12.09

28.02.10

 

9211145

16

Chemical  tanker Pramoni

01.01.10

26.02.10

 

9408803

17

VLCC Maran Centaurus

30.11.09

18.01.10

5.5

9073050

 

 

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