Lankapage Logo CP 18 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Somali pirates suspected to have hijacked Sri Lankan-flagged fuel freighter
Tue, Mar 14, 2017, 11:48 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 14, Colombo: Somali pirates are suspected to have hijacked a Sri Lankan-flagged fuel freighter after the ship sent a distress call, turned off its tracking system and altered course for the Somali coast, a piracy expert told Reuters on Tuesday.

If confirmed, the incident would be the first hijack of a commercial ship by Somali pirates since 2012.

The Dubai-owned Aris 13 is believed to be carrying eight crew members, said John Steed of the aid group Oceans Beyond Piracy. Steed, a former British colonel, has worked on piracy for nearly a decade and is in close contact with naval forces tracking the ship.

"The ship reported it was being followed by two skiffs yesterday afternoon. Then it disappeared," Steed was quoted as saying.

Aircraft from regional naval force EU Navfor were flying overhead to track the ship's progress and try to determine what was happening, he said.

The nationality of crew members has not been reported.

According to Reuters, in their heyday five years ago, Somali pirates terrorized sailors crossing the Gulf of Aden. They launched 237 attacks off the coast of Somalia in 2011, the International Maritime Bureau says, and held hundreds of hostages.

 


ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories ::
Speaker endorses Provincial Council Amendment Bill, instructs to hold PC elections before January and LG elections before March
-- [2 hours ago]
Prime Minister says can't allow the extremists to ruin the final opportunity for a political solution
-- [2 hours ago]
Governors to administer provincial councils ending terms this month until election
-- [3 hours ago]
Sri Lanka Navy training program on preventive medicine and causality care with U.S. Marines concludes
-- [4 hours ago]
Wholesale prices of imported potatoes and big onions decline
-- [5 hours ago]
Special Parliamentary sitting on October 3 to mark 70th anniversary of Sri Lanka parliament
-- [5 hours ago]
India awards Mahatma Gandhi scholarships to 150 Sri Lankan students
-- [5 hours ago]
Sri Lanka's first Social Innovation Lab to be opened next week
-- [6 hours ago]
National Child Protection Authority initiates investigation into forcing school children to take part in wedding
Sri Lanka Customs nab couple attempting to smuggle currency worth nearly Rs. 90 million

Copyright © 2000, 2016 by LankaPage.com (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of LankaPage.com, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from LankaPage.com, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.