A report of Piracy that took place in the Indian Ocean was confirmed last week on Friday July 31. NASDAQ-listed Eagle Bulk gave reports about hijacking that took place. The report said the armed security guard took hostage of a ship for three days.
The Jaeger bulk carrier managed by V-ships set sail three security guards in the Indian ocean on July 21 and sailed towards the Red sea which I routinely done by the company in agreement with industry best practices. However, one of the guards failed to give back his weapon to the vessel’s captain once he got on board as in normal protocol. Instead, this guard hijacked the ship and swerved it from its course.
According to the report by Eagle Bulk, the guard claimed the private security firm he worked for, always delayed his salary as he stipulated reimbursement. This case is very unfortunate because the same security company that is supposed to protect the ship is instead the one which its member hijacked the vessel.
No case of harm on the crew members was reported. Maritime security experts together with Eagle Bulk tried to lessen the situation. The guard , after 3 days, surrendered his weapon and the ship was able to continue on its original course. The security guard left the ship on Thursday July 30.
The ship owner thanked the vessel’s captain for the professionalism, and also thanked the whole crew for how they carried themselves through out the unpleasant experience.
It has been a while since any report on piracy in the Indian Ocean was made. The last incident was reported on March 13 2017 where Ari’s 13, a ship that was taking oil from Djibouti to Mogdishu in Somalia was hijacked by the pirates.