03 March 2009

Incident: Courier attacked

The MV Courier is attacked in the Gulf of Aden. "The vessel sent out a distress call, which was received by the German frigate Rheinland-Pfalz" which was able to arrest the pirates and turn them over to Kenyan justice. (ONI Worldwide Threat to Shipping, 03/18/09)

"The MV Courier, a freighter owned by the Hamburg-based shipping company Winter, was en route from the northern German port city of Bremen to the United Arab Emirates with a crew of 18." "The Filipino captain Willie Sulong broadcast a mayday message on the channel 16 VHF radio frequency" which was heard by American forces who sent a helicopter in advance of the German warship. (Spiegel, 04/01/09)