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Norwegian ship owners up stakes against Somali hijackers. Somali pirates are facing increased resistance from Norwegian ship owners in the battle to prevent the growing number of hijackings. “When there are convoys or patrol boats in the area we hire armed guards from Yemen's navy. We have no choice. The only language terrorists understand is an armed response,” Stolt Nielsen CEO Niels G. Stolt Nielsen tells Dagens Næringsliv (DN). In the latest attack, the Norwegian-owned tanker MV Samho Jewelry sailing under Maltese flag was pirated with its cargo of chemicals on Saturday in the waters of Oman, approximately 350 nautical miles South East of the port of Muscat, reports EU NAVFOR.

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Norwegian ship owners up stakes against Somali hijackers

Published on Tuesday, 18th January, 2011 at 14:59 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau.
Last Updated on 26th January 2011 at 22:10.

Somali pirates are facing increased resistance from Norwegian ship owners in the battle to prevent the growing number of hijackings.

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“When there are convoys or patrol boats in the area we hire armed guards from Yemen's navy. We have no choice. The only language terrorists understand is an armed response,” Stolt Nielsen CEO Niels G. Stolt Nielsen tells Dagens Næringsliv (DN).

In the latest attack, the Norwegian-owned tanker MV Samho Jewelry sailing under Maltese flag was pirated with its cargo of chemicals on Saturday in the waters of Oman, approximately 350 nautical miles South East of the port of Muscat, reports EU NAVFOR.

News agency AP reports South Korea’s Foreign Ministry confirms the ship is operated by the South Korean firm Samho Shipping and has a crew of 21. Eight are South Koreans, two Indonesian, and the rest Burmese.

The incident brought the number of vessels attacked by Somali pirates to 29, with a total of 693 hostages, and came just three days after the Danish cargo ship MV Leopard was hijacked in the Arabian Sea. The crew of 4 Filipinos and 2 Danes has yet to be found.

Fruitless expense?

Norwegian ship owners are determined to employ measures they consider fit to protect their ships and cargoes from the Somali pirates. At least one ship owner carries arms on board, according to DN, several others say this may be a future safety option.

“We have taken some measures but do not have armed guards on board. I’m not discounting we may have them soon,” says Olav Eikrem, technical director at bulk shipping company Frontline.

Nonetheless, onboard weapons are a controversial matter, as critics believe they encourage violent behavior.

Such safety measures are also highly expensive. Stolt Nielsen says it pays up to approximately one million dollars per month for its 150 vessels that travel in pirate areas.

“We have had several attempts that we have managed to deflect or stop due to armed guards, barbed wire and hosing the pirates down with hot water,” according to Mr. Nielsen.

Onboard weapons do not to deter the pirates, however. They seem fearless, confident that they “own” the seas.

“The Navy cannot stop us. How would they manage? We have more than 200 groups and we are growing all the time, said Somali pirate Mohammed Garaad, allegedly the fourth most influential person in the shipping world, in an interview with shipping publication Lloyd’s List in 2009. 




Published on Tuesday, 18th January, 2011 at 14:59 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau.
Last updated on 26th January 2011 at 22:10.

This post has the following tags: stoltnielsen, somalipirates, mvsamhojewelry, tankershiphijacking, oman, leapord, arabiansea, mohammedgaraad.





  
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