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New tactic. Pirates speed up the conversion of the pirated ship into a mother ship

Somali pirates, never short of ideas, have just refined their mother ship tactics. It was known that they used the pirated ships as mother ships, support ships or reinforcements. But often after a certain period of time and a reinforcement of pirates. This allowed anti-piracy forces to spot the ship and raise the alarm. Today, they seem to want to take, on the one hand, immediately converting the pirated ship into a mother ship – which can have the effect of surprise –; on the other hand, by investing the ship in numbers (to avoid any mutiny by the hostage sailors). The MV SINAR KUDUS, an Indonesian ship with 20 sailors on board, was captured by 30 to 50 pirates on Wednesday (March 16) while en route from Singapore to Suez, about 320 miles northeast of the island of Socotra, specifies the HQ of the European anti-piracy operation (EUNAVFOR Atalanta). NB: The incident occurred at 14° North and 59° East (Yemen).

Rather unusually, within 24 hours of the attack, the pirated boat was converted back into a mother ship, to launch another attack. A skiff with 5 pirates on board broke away.
Objective: a bulk carrier flying the Liberian flag, the MV EMPEROR. But the attack failed due to the guards on board the ship.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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