10 April 2009

Incident: Ahmed Samarah and Momtaz1 taken

The fishing vessels Ahmed Samarah and Momtaz 1 are taken with 18 crew aboard. Both were hijacked "in the vicinity of Ras Kampomi off Bosaso, Somalia." (ONI Worldwide Threat to Shipping, 04/17/09)

The Egyptian owners have opened negotiations the ships' captors which are held at Ga'an. The fishing craft are not IOTC (Indian Ocean Tuna Commission) authorized and lack "valid fishing licence." (Somali Marine and Coastal Monitor)