Israeli ship escapes pirates in Indian Ocean

"Zim" company ship carrying goods and trying to make its way back to Israel avoids seizure attempt by pirates.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
January 2, 2011 11:55
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A ZIM cargo ship.

ZIM cargo ship 311. (photo credit: Courtesy)

An Israeli ship belonging to the Zim company managed to escape from pirates who attempted to seize the ship while it was sailing in the Indian Ocean toward the Gulf of Aden, reported Israel Radio.

The pirates' boat tried to approach the Zim ship which was carrying a cargo of electronic goods, construction materials, textiles and other products.

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Upon seeing the pirates, the Israeli ship sped up and after two hours managed to avoid them.

Just last week, Somali pirates seized a European ship with eight crew members onboard, the European Union Naval Force said, bringing the total number of ships held to 26.

The MV EMS River was seized approximately 175 miles (280 kilometers) northeast of the port of Salalah, Oman, said Wing Cmdr. Paddy O'Kennedy. The pirates have been extending their range south and east in response to increased naval patrols off the Somali coast.

Associated Press contributed to this report.


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