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.

January 2, 2011 17:56
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A ZIM cargo ship.

ZIM cargo ship 311. (photo credit: Courtesy)

An attempted pirate attack on a cargo vessel, belonging to Israeli shipping company Zim, sailing in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Yemen, was thwarted early Sunday morning. Pirates who approached the Zim Asia from behind were detected by the ship’s crew and the captain ordered the ship to speed up avoiding capture by the pirates, and preventing damage to life and property.

The Zim Asia, sailing under a Liberian flag, was making its way from the Far East to Israel carrying a large shipment containing electrical equipment and construction supplies.

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According to the International Maritime Bureau, a division of the International Chamber Of Commerce that tracks pirate attacks, Somali pirates are responsible for roughly half of all piracy incidents on the world’s seas and operate as far away from Somalia as Bangladesh, the Singapore Straits and the South China Sea.

According to the most recent statistics from the International Maritime Organization, between July 2002 and December 2010 there have been a total of 5,667 acts of piracy and armed robbery against ships worldwide.

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