Rescued ship attacked once again by pirates

Published: June 17, 2011
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Pakistani warship, PNS Babar is escorting MV-Suez to port Salalah in Oman. PHOTO: FILE/APP

Pakistani warship, PNS Babar is escorting MV-Suez to port Salalah in Oman. PHOTO: FILE/APP

KARACHI: 

MV-Suez, the cargo ship which was released by Somali pirates along with its crew earlier in the week after 10 months in captivity, came under attack once again on Thursday.

The cargo ship was being escorted by Pakistani warship, PNS Babar(Type 21 frigate), and heading towards Oman when it was reportedly attacked by Somali pirates

A Pakistan Navy spokesperson told The Express Tribune that all reports of a navy vessel coming under attack were unconfirmed at this point.

He said that he can only say that navy ships are safe. The vessel had already come under attack on Wednesday, June 15, a day after pirates released the ship and its crew.

Wasi Hasan, MV Suez’s Pakistani captain said the crew may have to abandon the ship and hitch a ride with PNS Babar. “The boiler in the engine room is not working, so our speed has slowed down from 15 knots to 8 knots,” he said while talking to NDTV.

He also said that there is eight tons of diesel left on board, not enough to get Suez to the port of Salalah in Oman.

All crew is reported to be safe.

After its release from captivity, Suez was being escorted to safety byPNS Babar. Navy commandos were also on board the ship while a navy helicopter also flew over the ship to provide close air support.

The MV Suez, owned by an Egyptian company, had been first boarded by Somali pirates in August this year. Its crew of 22 was finally released on June 14, after payments of $2.1 million. Once the ship makes port, the crew, comprising four Pakistanis, six Indians, one Sri Lankan and 11 Egyptians will be able to fly back to their respective countries.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 17th, 2011.


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Reader Comments (45)

  • Andrea
    Jun 17, 2011 - 12:56AM

    Why should anyone be surprised that the ship is going be taken captive again. After all, by paying ransom, we have only encouraged more of the same.Recommend

  • Gohar
    Jun 17, 2011 - 1:18AM

    @Andrea:
    So what you want, if your family were taken hostage by these Pirates and your or any government are not helping You? Allow them to kill?Recommend

  • RealityCheck
    Jun 17, 2011 - 1:25AM

    @Andrea:
    Unfortunately you are very uninformed. International Sea Piracy is a huge business producing any where between 1.6. to 6 billion dollars annually. Somalia is with out a government for the past 19 years, there is no central authority to curb this. The pirates are like robin hoods in somalia which not only share their plunders but provide jobs for a vast majority of Somalians living along the coast lines. If a pirate out fit takes 1million dollar, it only keeps roughly 300,000$ with rest divided among the support structure they thrive upon.
    Having said that international community is largely to blame for the problem of piracy, once the government fell, Somalian sea resources were plundered ruthlessly from illegal fishing to waste dumping. They had seen it all.Recommend

  • Majid
    Jun 17, 2011 - 1:39AM

    It is not about encouraging pirates or whatever. Navies are made to tackle these situations . They do it everyday. It is obvious that freed people will reach home safely. One should think of kicking pirates’ ass later on. Imagine the condition of exhausted people on Suez who faced worse conditions for months.Recommend

  • Malik
    Jun 17, 2011 - 1:43AM

    Its crew of 22 people were finally
    released on June 14, after payments of
    $2.1 million were made to the hostage
    takers.

    Isn’t it cheaper to keep some security personnel on these ships?Recommend

  • Andrea
    Jun 17, 2011 - 2:12AM

    Why do western nations have a policy of not paying ransoms and dealing with kidnapping demands? Are we smarter than them when we become emotional and start paying out money to criminals and then act all shocked when the same criminals do the same thing again?It only encourages more criminality. When will we learn? If the West is doing something for a good reason- meaning not paying criminals but sending in military SSG commandos- why don;t we do the same instead of encouraging this. Sometimes we need to examine things objectively.Recommend

  • Majid
    Jun 17, 2011 - 2:24AM

    How interesting that there is not a single comment by indian now, are you guys ashamed of yourselves or what?Recommend

  • Babar Lohaar
    Jun 17, 2011 - 3:57AM

    @Majid: ” )How interesting that there is not a single comment by indian now, are you guys ashamed of yourselves or what?** )”
    Who do you think Andrea is? LOL… These people are hypocrites of the First order.
    You go and observe comments on other articles an Yo will get the picture.Recommend

  • Thinking
    Jun 17, 2011 - 5:34AM

    @ Majid – ashamed at what? That the Indian government does not negotiate with terrorists and pirates? Recommend

  • Red Alert
    Jun 17, 2011 - 5:53AM

    Pirates of Somali Part 2- The return of KidnappersRecommend

  • Rock
    Jun 17, 2011 - 7:36AM

    @Majid: No we are fed up of somalian pirates. As per reports for every 2 weeks one ship is getting attack. The piracy problem for India is much more bigger than for pakistan. India has to follow internationa maritime law. We can not kill them but we have to capture them and legal process has to follow. Come to mumbai jail you will find more than 120 somalian pirates. They are happy in India. They want Indian citizenship and jobs. They are not ready to go their home because of chaose. Earlier Indian navy use to patrol and release many foreign ships including 3 chinese and 1 pakistani but this is turn out to be very costly affair. Recommend

  • Rock
    Jun 17, 2011 - 7:42AM

    @Majid: Somalian prirates now days are much more organised and they started using technology. Modus operandi is one mothership is always along the coast. 4 to 5 shipping boats with gadgets provides information to mother ship which in turn instruct the attacking boats. 2 attacking boats are enough to capture one ship. Somalian pirates have their financial structure for transaction. Funny part is these somalian pirate ships get fuel from yemen port. Yemenies may or may not know about these operations.Recommend

  • Rock
    Jun 17, 2011 - 7:51AM

    Indian authorities traced everything about this piracy but the problem is the new recruites alwaysin this business as Somalia does not have any government. There are NATO ships in the same water they try to provide some sort of security but it is imposible to provide complete safe zone. 3 Indian shipping corporation are already signed with the indian government for onboard security and the things are working out. But there are many foriegn ships which are having Indian crew members without security. There is one more problem this route is one of the busiest sea route. India has already requested in change in maritime law as far as piracy concern. Providing security to each ship is most costliest thing for business. Lets hope things will work out in the future. Recommend

  • PakiBoiiSwagg
    Jun 17, 2011 - 7:58AM

    @Andrea:
    I agree about that… But we can’t also risk their lives by doing a raid… Too riskyRecommend

  • ikmundapunjabi
    Jun 17, 2011 - 8:12AM

    @Majid: and why exactly would we we ashamed?some pakistani guy made possible the release of indians and the others and we are thankful to him.the indian government dint help which is appalling,but i still dont get the high headedness of pakistanis claiming that indians should be ashamed.indian government dint help,but so dint the sri lankan or the egyptian governments,and if not for ansar burney the pakistani govt dint help either,so wats the hoopla about.Recommend

  • Kazmis
    Jun 17, 2011 - 9:00AM

    How these pirates are thriving is not the reasons that they are paid ransom, but the fact is that some forces are supporting them for this act in the region. Otherwise international forces can destroy Iraq just for the tip of WMD or Afghanistan for Training camp of Osama, and still cleaning the area, now Libya, it is being cleaned from Qaddafi. Why it is not possible to act jointly and clean Arabian Sea?Recommend

  • Tariq
    Jun 17, 2011 - 9:16AM

    I thought these somalis were great muslims what happened they are attacking other muslims, why not kill them somalis and all of themRecommend

  • Ravi
    Jun 17, 2011 - 9:35AM

    @Majid:
    Just use some google and find out how many ships of various countries have been saved by indian navy.
    Indian navy’s operation against pirates of somalia have been quite diverse and strong by positioning multiple warships in the Arabian sea and indian ocean.
    Last year indian navy also dabbled somalian pirates mother ship for your information and saved a chinese ship last month.
    What have pakistan and its navy done today indian navy has been doing it for quite some time and without a show off.
    At last stop bragging for such little things.
    Operation against pirates need to be collective.
    Yo saved mine today, i will save your’s some other day. Recommend

  • Jun 17, 2011 - 9:38AM

    Andrea , i think the west has paid up to the somali pirates as well .. please do checkRecommend

  • RealityCheck
    Jun 17, 2011 - 9:51AM

    @Andrea:
    Dude your whole argument is useless, again. Western companies have been quietly paying the ransom money to these pirates, because some times the cargos these ships carry is worth in 100’s of millions of dollars. It was only when US flag carrying ship, Maersk Alabama was hijacked and the American crew was stabbed that the US Navy Seals took action, killing four pirates.
    Many of the shipping companies have started to take the longer route around Africa with each sail costing over half a million dollar extra.
    It is very easy to say one should not pay ransom but when your loved one life is at stake you sing a whole different tune. Right now its easy for you to say such stuff, because you have no connection to those under threat.Recommend

  • Neha Khan
    Jun 17, 2011 - 10:04AM

    @Majid

    Wondering where the Indians are…read the comments to this story and you’ll know. Somehow we just cannot get out of our hatreds at even worst of times.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Did-MV-Suez-rebuff-Indias-help-warship/articleshow/8882304.cmsRecommend

  • MAD
    Jun 17, 2011 - 10:10AM

    @Majid:

    Where do you think Andrea is from? Indians like to defend the undefendible.Recommend

  • Bilal Ahmed
    Jun 17, 2011 - 10:30AM

    Andrea

    You are absolutely right in your views, unfortunately there were no american or european hostages on this vessel which would have prompted action from american & european might present in these areas. Poor pakistanis, indians, srilankans & eygptians with no significant value in the minds of americans & europeans were suffering for the last 10 months, or else there would have been some action on their part.

    Have a heart Andrea, thing objectively.

    By the way no pakistani bashing from indians, surprising.Recommend

  • Adeel
    Jun 17, 2011 - 10:30AM

    @Thinking…what happened during the Indian Airlines hijack in late 90s when the plane was flown to Kandahar? Dont tell me Russian government spoke to the hijackers for the release of Masood AzharRecommend

  • Bilal Ahmed
    Jun 17, 2011 - 10:39AM

    @ Thinking

    What about the lives and sufferings of the indian crew on board this vessel, 10 months captivity and no response from the indian government to end their misery.

    Shame on you, do some THINKING.Recommend

  • CPKS
    Jun 17, 2011 - 10:47AM

    @Majid:-

    What should we comment ?

    Indian Navy has almost single handedly fought the pirates even if their nationals were not involved all these years and not a single nation wanted to help our efforts…Guess it was becoming a costly affair and the Indian Navy realised that it is high time to let other nations too put in their efforts.

    Anyway a welcome move on the part of Ansar Burney and co for ensuring the safe release.Recommend

  • CPKS
    Jun 17, 2011 - 11:02AM

    @ All who are cucooing “where are the Indians” :-

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Did-MV-Suez-rebuff-Indias-help-warship/articleshow/8882304.cms

    Read this…this shows that even though the Indian Navy warship INS Godavari tried to contact the ship over “mercantile marine band Channel 16” the Pakistani captain of MV Suez did not respond.

    Now who to blame ?Recommend

  • anil
    Jun 17, 2011 - 1:40PM

    @Majid

    why do we rescue ? Does India get any fund from UN for rescuing ships ?? Why do indian navy spend hard-earned money to save others ?Again why do we become the enemy of pirates by attacking them when they don’t do any harm to us ?? So, I would say “Clever Indian Army.”Recommend

  • AK
    Jun 17, 2011 - 1:42PM

    @CPKS….read the definition of “conspiracy theories.” Indians excel at it :)Recommend

  • Naveed
    Jun 17, 2011 - 2:14PM

    while the Pakistanis here should show some humility for if they have done some good for the poor sailors and their families….Indians should at least be thankful for what their neighbors and so called “arch-rivals” have done for their people….the allegation that MV-Suez did not respond to INS Godavari’s call is a face saving attempt by the Indian Navy …Recommend

  • Munazza Sami
    Jun 17, 2011 - 2:17PM

    @Thinking:
    they did not negotiate and let them on pirates?wow.u r superb manRecommend

  • Munazza Sami
    Jun 17, 2011 - 2:20PM

    @Ravi:
    then y this time they didn’t come to rescue their citizens?Recommend

  • ahk
    Jun 17, 2011 - 2:31PM

    The Indian crew on the ship denies claims there were any attempts by Indian navy to help them out. One of the indian sailor’s wife told express news that an indian politician said let the pakistani’s try, it wont do any good.
    By the way chief of ISI Lt. General Shuja Pasha played an instrumental role in the release of the ship’s crew which included INDIAN sailors.Recommend

  • Munazza Sami
    Jun 17, 2011 - 2:44PM

    @CPKS
    They should contact them continuously or just once and issue a statement that they did not respond ?captain was not respond coz they were hijacked,not on the picnic…….Common sense is really not common….Recommend

  • Munazza Sami
    Jun 17, 2011 - 2:45PM

    @anil:
    Hats off…you will be a good politician in futureRecommend

  • Rock
    Jun 17, 2011 - 3:00PM

    @Munazza Sami: We are fed up of somalian pirates unless and untill the other nations don’t contribute we are not going in trouble waters. Your country rescue just one ship that too after paying the amount just ask your navy the cost of entire operation. keeping fleet in those areas will not give guarantee of 100% success. Let these commercial merchant vessels think about their security. Why should my tax money wasted in these stupid things?Recommend

  • CPKS
    Jun 17, 2011 - 3:50PM

    @Munazza Sami :-

    Read the news properly dude. INS Godavari contacted not while they were hijacked but when they (MV Suez) were moving to Oman.

    Just think objectively – Indian Navy has one of the longest experiences in tackling piracy in the Gulf of Aden Area. Surely you don’t think escorting one vessel was out of reach for the Second Largest Navy in the Indian Ocean region.

    @AK:-

    Still nothing compared to the RAW-MOSSAD-CIA-Blackwater-Hindu-Zionist conspiracies doing rounds on our Western Border.Recommend

  • m
    Jun 17, 2011 - 3:50PM

    we paid fake notes and now that pirates realized that they are fake — coming after the ship again to salvage their pride. Good job ISI for fooling these fools!Recommend

  • Anil Stupid
    Jun 17, 2011 - 4:35PM

    @anil: Do you need funds from the UN to rescue your own men?? hahaha. Man when it comes to bashing Pakistan, you wont let a single opportunity to pretend being the most logical people on earth and giving Pakistan and Pakistanis solution to this terrorism. God man, you are indians. This is not an indian movie in which you’d show you have cereals with milk in the mornings as we all know your wannabeist obsession to live like Americans. When it comes on you, the most absurd of the absurd post would come in a reply, 6 men are your citizens and you dont need a UN fund to rescue your own if not everyone on the ship. As you put it “Why do indian navy spend hard-earned money to save others ?”its not others moron, it has 6 indians aboard it, use that not so hard-earned money to rescue your men. Its not our job, unless when it comes to humanity and CHARITY, we never stay behind anyone.Recommend

  • Majid khan
    Jun 17, 2011 - 7:50PM

    It is a moment of Shame for indians . Indian media themselves accepted and expressed this feeling. Pakistan donated more than half of money to save those people. Some indians over here and there make excuse that it wasn’t a matter of concern for india to escort a ship with a only a few people , but what actually they are trying to say is, that those people had no value and indian navy can’t waste its fuel to save them. Silly. No navy negotiated with pirates. Pakistan navy only went to escort the ship. It was honorable human rights activist ansar burney who negotiated with pirates. Ansar burney was also appreciated for freeing indian-terrorist-kashmir-singh.

    It is my advice to indian fellows over here to go and support anti-corruption rallies against government which was once led by religious-hindu-gymnast baba ram dev. They were crumbled by indian forces. lmaoRecommend

  • Rock
    Jun 17, 2011 - 9:46PM

    @Anil Stupid:
    how many operations did pak navy conduct in those waters? this is the 1st one right. what will you do in future piracy cases? Large sea water is different environment. Indian army is incapable of handling this costly affaire. As per records 40% crew of the shipping world are Indians working with different shipping companies of different nations on various projects. It is the job of the shipping company to take care of the crew member. So it is the job of the Egyption owner for MV suez and not the Indian government. Regarding piracy UN is sleeping and not responding after repeated request. Indian goverment is right . why should we spend our tax money on this? Let UN and Shipping corporation come with solution.. Recommend

  • Jun 17, 2011 - 9:49PM

    There is no difference between terrorists and pirates. Let Al Qaeda start a seperate pirates cell so that the sea also can be covered.Recommend

  • Parvez+Mahmud
    Jun 18, 2011 - 2:02AM
  • karahilite
    Jun 18, 2011 - 5:45PM

    Even indian army freed 6 pakistani sailors from a hijacked ship in march 2011 in which they captured 100 somalia pirates

    lets stop asking for their gratitude!they helped us and we also helped themRecommend

  • adil tariq khan
    Jun 19, 2011 - 3:51PM

    well this is good . you people really hate pakistan . after all these good efforts made by pakistani goverment and pakistani people to collect the money for those indian pakistani and other people to save their life you people are pointing fingers on pakistan . We dont need credit from you people but we know their are some good indians who know that is a historical work done by pakistani govt ansar barni isi and pakistani people which could never be forgotten . shame on your country . largest population but cant do a little contribution for their own people . now i feel great to be a pakistani .And i m happy that those indian are save and moving savely towards their families . this is a gift from pakistani people to those moderate people in India who appreciates good work and dont do bakwaas after feeling shame on their goverment . i m proud of my country for this whole act . Recommend

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