Somali pirates have hijacked a vessel with the intention of using it as a mothership for attacks on larger vessels, say Somali police according to Reuters. This comes shortly after another commercial vessel was hijacked in the region for the first time in five years.
A hijacking of a tanker vessel in the waters off the coast of Somalia on Monday shows that there is still a high risk in the region. "This is absolutely a return of piracy," says the head of the UN’s Global Maritime Crime Programme.
The naval forces disappeared and ships have started to sail closer to the coast of Somalia, so it is no surprise that a pirate attack has occurred off Somalia, says CEO of Risk Intelligence, Hans Tino Hansen. The outcome of the new attack will be decisive in terms of whether piracy in the region escalates once again.
Even though there were no registered pirate attacks in the Gulf of Aden in 2015, it is still too early to withdraw the naval vessels or ease the monitoring efforts, warn the German shipowners in a comment on the latest piracy figures.