Pirates keep up the onslaught in ’09

Kuala Lumpur: Somali pirates continue to plague the shipping industry with reports of one successful hijack and another foiled attempt in the new year.

Indian tanker saved from pirates.A Malaysian military helicopter saved an Indian tanker from being hijacked yesterday. The Indian captain sent an SOS, which was received by a Malaysian frigate which dispatched a military helicopter, he said.On spotting the helicopter, the pirates stopped firing and fled. There were no injuries but the tanker sustained some damage.However, the Egyptian-owned 7,923-dwt general cargo ship Blue Star was nabbed by 15 armed pirates as it entered the Gulf from the Red Sea. The vessel was carrying 6,000 tonnes of fertilizer.

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