Pirates steal vessel in Omani Waters

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Today Somali pirates have captured a German-owned cargo ship MV Charelle off the coast of Oman. This is the first attack of Somali pirates in the territorial waters of this small Arab nation, according to the NATO spokesman. The ship was attacked 60 nautical miles south from the seaside capital city Sur of Ash Sharqiyah Region. The captured ship then took in the south-western direction towards the Somalian territory. This information was released by the NATO Lieutenant Commander Alexandre Fernandes while aboard the Portuguese battleship Corte-Real, currently patrolling the waters near the Somali seashore.
 
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I watched Ross Kemp on pirates and the RoE for the navy is beyond belief. They can only open fire if the pirates are seen trying to board a ship. Too late and they can do nothing. If the pirates are merely following it and their boat when searched is found to contain weapons and grappling hooks, nothing can be done. It's not illegal to carry grappling hooks and weapons. It would be a good idea to put a detatchment of marines on a few vessel until they were clear of hostile waters.
 
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If the pirates are merely following it and their boat when searched is found to contain weapons and grappling hooks, nothing can be done. It's not illegal to carry grappling hooks and weapons.

Not quite - see this. Not sure what's wrong with the RN website at the moment.
 
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Taffnp said:
It would be a good idea to put a detatchment of marines on a few vessel until they were clear of hostile waters.
Perfect job for PMCs surely? Offer to join the ship in 'x' then hop off at the other end of Suez.
 
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Problem is that this costs money, and the owners of the shipping companies are notoriously tight fisted. For the amount of traffic that goes through the region versus the number of ships seized I seem to remember reading that it was something like one in a hundred gets attacked and taken. Considering that the ransoms are usually something five to ten million US dollars IICR they simply figure that it's easier just to chance it and if you do turn out to be the one in the hundred that gets caught out pay the cash and raise your rates infinitesimally to cover the costs.
 
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Mazur_UK said:
Taffnp said:
It would be a good idea to put a detatchment of marines on a few vessel until they were clear of hostile waters.
Perfect job for PMCs surely? Offer to join the ship in 'x' then hop off at the other end of Suez.
There are a few PMCs doing exactly that at the moment...
 

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Fallschirmjager said:
Taffnp said:
It would be a good idea to put a detatchment of marines on a few vessel until they were clear of hostile waters.
What! So they can surrender to the first pirate ship within 10 nautical miles!
But they would be able to get duty free ipods.
 
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It seems to me that the RN is completely wasting it's time (and much needed MoD cash) on a task that's impossible to prosecute! To suggest that they may act as a deterrent is complete b@ll@x. Well done Ross Kemp for showing us just how ineffectual the Navy really is.
 
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Yokel said:
But the RN isn't operating in Omani waters....
but it is refuelling and putting ashore/taking Ross Kemp on board in Salalah....

As Djib is pretty much Froggie/US tied, Aden is too tricky for crew changes/access to Sana'a International, the Omani Port of Salalah is the andrew's only option. Would be a little impractical whilst sailing to/from port to the GOA transit corridors to not keep a little bit of a look out or monitor Ch16 for pleas for rescue/help
 

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