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.RELATED:10 alleged Somali pirates go on trial in GermanySomali pirates free British couple after 388 days
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.
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.