An attack on a British-managed merchant vessel in the Somali Basin has prompted a call for renewed vigilance against pirates.
“Just one successful hijack and holding to ransom of a large merchant vessel could revive Somalia’s maritime criminal infrastructure,” said Ian Millen, director of intelligence for Dryad Maritime Intelligence, following the attack on MV Island Splendor.
She was attacked by a pair of skiffs approximately 230 nautical miles west of Hobyo. Initial warning flares from the embarked security team failed to deter the pirates who continued to close on the tanker. Although the private maritime security company managed to repel the attack, the pirates returned fire before backing down.