sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Australia Cruising USA Cruising Canada Boats for Sale Sail-World Racing Photo Gallery FishingBoating
Photo Gallery FishingBoating Video Gallery Newsletters

 

Sail-World.com : Somali piracy and its forgotten victims

Somali piracy and its forgotten victims

'Kochi marina - the last two boats are leaving and none coming'    .

While would-be circumnavigators and other would-be Indian Ocean sailors have had their sailing options curtailed by the scourge of Somali piracy, spare a thought for the other victims, from the economic victim the Port of Kochi to the tragic death of some Indian fishermen this week at the hands of the crew of an Italian cargo ship who thought they were pirates.

Kochi, long a favoured stopover point for the sailor travelling between the Red Sea and South East Asia, a few years ago exulted in having built a marina to encourage the annual flotilla of cruising yachts that stopped to enjoy rich Kochi and its fertile holiday ground of Kerala. Now the marina, full to brimming last year, is empty.

It doesn't take much to work out that it is the waves of pirate fear that are scaring yachtsmen away. Not a single yacht is scheduled to berth in Kochi this year.

Marina officials do not expect the scenario to change dramatically in the coming six weeks as the ideal sail window is from December to March. Dedicated in 2010, marina can berth 37 yachts. Last year the Kochi marina hosted 35 yachts. But for the two yachts that reached here last year, the marina wears a deserted look now.

'We had 35 arrivals last year, said Alex P George, official of the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) in-charge of the marina, 'but this year it's quite dull as none is coming this way. We collected a berthing fee of Rs 30 lakh (approx $60,000) last year.'

'Those two yachts are all set to leave,' said commander Jose Varghese of Ocean Blue, which has been outsourced by KTDC to run the Kochi marina. The poor interest shown by yachtsmen in Kochi facility is surprising as Indian as well as other navies have reported significant dip in number of pirate attacks. 'May be the fate of two couples who were brutally killed in Arabian Sea last year continues to haunt mariners,' he said.

'There were several reports of seizures by pirates in the area of Arabian Sea between west of Maldives and Lakshdweep and the Omani and Yemeni coasts. Naturally, this route is avoided and yachts head for Thailand and Malaysia,' commander Jose said.

Alex is expecting the business to return a year or two later. 'Mariners prepare for their voyage two years in advance. So the recent dip in piracy incidents may not reflect in immediate arrivals. But next season should bring us more guests,' he said.

In the tragic firing incident, the Italian cargo ship, Enrica Lexie fired at an Indian fishing boat that it mistook for a pirate vessel, killing two fishermen, according to an announcement by India’s navy.

The Indian coast guard and navy vessels escorted the Italian ship to the nearby port city of Kochi and were questioning the captain and crew.

The owner of the fishing vessel, who goes by the single name Freddy, said Thursday the firing was unprovoked. The boat was fishing when the ship opened fire, killing the two fishermen instantly, he said.

Nine other fishermen onboard the craft survived.

Several countries, including India, allow ship owners to deploy armed security guards on ships. Ship owners say the move has proved effective and prevented hijackings.




by Lee Mylchreest

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=94006

4:05 AM Sat 18 Feb 2012 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
Piracy and the Cruising sailor

Related News Stories:

05 Nov 2013  Maritime Anti-piracy - The Captain's Guide Book
17 Jul 2013  Somali Piracy lowest since 2006, but stay away from West Africa
04 Jun 2013  Gulf of Guinea replaces Somalia as most dangerous place to sail
17 Apr 2013  Maritime Anti-Piracy: The Captain's Guidebook
02 Feb 2013  Message to yachties from MSCHOA - Maritime Security Centre Horn Africa
21 Jan 2013  Somali pirate attacks wane, hope for yachts, but not soon
18 Jan 2013  Piracy Report - not a single yacht attacked in 2012
07 Jan 2013  Now Dad's Navy takes charge of pirate prevention
29 Oct 2012  Pirated sailors away on their dream sail
08 Oct 2012  Indian Ocean 'High Risk Area': Sailing yachts urged to stay away
MORE STORIES ...

Sail-World Cruising News - local and the World



A case of crossed wires? A shocking situation! by Stuart Carruthers, RYA Cruising Manager,










Canal Boating in the Alsace with the Galley Guys by Greg Nicoll with John Armstrong,


World ARC fleet arrives in Darwin by World Cruising Club,


Dangers of the Dinghy trip back to your boat by Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,


European Odyssey visits Porto by Cornell Sailing,






Where in the world are our strongest corals? by Hanny Rivera - Cohen's Lab,














Barnacle Busting by Neil and Ley Langford,


From Penguins to Polar Bears by Cherie Winner,








NCI granted dedicated VHF Channel by National Coastwatch,


Positive news for cruising boats in Greece by The Cruising Association,
















Blue Planet Odyssey - Beset in Arctic Bay ice + Video
European Odyssey - La Coruña a big hit for the boats participating
Garcia Yachts Exploration 45 - Jimmy Cornell's newest adventure
Sustainable Seafood - How to purchase with confidence
Risks to penguin populations continues
ARC Baltic fleet head from Helsinki to Stockholm
Follow these tips when anchoring
Swedish couple rescued off Cook Islands
Refurbished Protector project 'better than buying new'
Galley Guys meet the Spice Lady
North American Rally to the Caribbean - Get prepared to head south
If all else fails read the instructions!!
ARC Baltic fleet cruising and anchoring in the Finnish archipelago
Phuket Yacht Show: new kid on the block taking on PIMEX? *Feature
Sea and Summit leg seven - Rain fails to dampen Tash's spirits
RYA meets with Government over latest red diesel development
Endangered species are like Movie Stars - Charlie Sheens and Tom Hanks
Halong becomes a Super Typhoon; Japan in harm's way
Vanuatu Customs making life easier for visiting cruising yachts
Baltic 4 Nations rally is now in full swing
Tropical Storm Bertha expected to become a typhoon   
Flags at Sea, an infographic by John Tissott   
Cruising lessons from ocean racers   
Procedures set out for waterborne visitors to Vanuatu   
17-year-old RNLI volunteer saves child in first rescue mission + Video   
Teen names latest RNLI Shannon class lifeboat in Poole + Video   
RYA Sea Survival Handbook – 2nd edition now available   
Fascinating opportunity with OceansWatch   
Lobster Thermidor - Making Julia proud   
Fake GPS signals detected when cruising the high seas   
Our new Cruising Editor editor remembers his first offshore adventure   
World Odyssey Race - Bringing back the Corinthian spirit   
Blue Planet Odyssey - Jimmy Cornell playing catch up on North West Pa   
Blue Planet Odyssey Rally - Raising climate change awareness   
All Points Rally departs this November   
World ARC 2014 reaches Australia   
Venezuelan Port Control lift recent port restrictions.   
Seismic survey ship operating north of Aruba and Curacao   
A Mooring in Iceberg Alley   
Boaters urged to speak up on 15%ethanol proposal   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph, contact the photographer directly.
XLXL WAS CRU NH
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT