An Indian registered cargo dhow that was hijacked by suspected Somali pirates on April 1 is now in the vicinity of Hobyo, a major meeting point of pirates when they were most active in 2011, the EU Naval Force said on Monday, giving a location for the vessel for the first time.
"An EU Naval Force maritime patrol aircraft has confirmed the exact location of the dhow and has attempted to establish radio communications but without success," it said in a statement on its website.
"Investigations and operations are ongoing."
HERE ARE THE DETAILS
- The incident took place on April 1.
- All the crew members on the ship belong to Mandavi in Mumbai.
- It has been learned that armed Somali pirates were responsible for the hijack.
- The captain of the ship informed the owner that a skiff had approached them seeking water.
- The captain had informed the authorities in Dubai about the incident.
- The owners of the ship want to get in touch with the hijackers to try and figure out how the ship can be repatriated.
Earlier in March, pirates had seized control of a Somali fishing boat to use as a base from which to attack larger ships, a week after Somali pirates hijacked their first commercial vessel since 2012.
Ten Yemeni crew aboard the boat were dumped on shore.
In March this year, the Somali pirates had returned Comoros-flagged oil tanker after five years.
In their heyday in 2011, Somali pirates launched 237 attacks off the coast of Somalia, data from the International Maritime Bureau showed, and held hundreds of hostages.